Man due in court for attempted murder

CHESTER–A Chester man has a court date on Monday to face charges of attempted murder and domestic violence.

Dalton Lewis Alford, 18, is scheduled to appear before Hancock County Magistrate Michael White at 9 a.m. Monday for a preliminary hearing. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The charges stem from an incident on Nov. 14 in which Alford allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend with a kitchen knife and a rock, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hancock County Magistrate Court.

Hancock County sheriff’s deputies were called to a wooded area in the 3000 block of Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30) on that date for a report of a fight. When deputies arrived, they were told by two females that Alford was either in the residence owned by his father or fleeing on foot toward Pennsylvania, the complaint said.

Alford’s father told deputies that his son was inside, and Alford came out, accusing the females of attacking him. He refused treatment and transport by an EMS crew.

The females, identified by the initials “J.K.” and “L.A.,” said they came to the residence to return a car belonging to the Alfords. Each was driving a different vehicle. When they pulled into the driveway, Alford was standing outside allegedly holding a knife, the complaint said.

The alleged victim, J.K., stopped the car she was driving, and Alford began walking toward her, the complaint said. When J.K. got out of the vehicle to enter the vehicle driven by L.A., Alford allegedly grabbed her by the ankles and pulled her from the car and onto the ground.

Alford is accused of holding a knife to J.K.’s throat and fighting with her before knocking her to the ground a second time and hitting her on the head with a rock multiple times, the complaint said.

Court documents said that Alford and J.K. dated for about a year and a half and had broken up about 30 days prior to the incident.

Deputies later recovered the knife from a wooded area west of the driveway.

If the preliminary hearing determines there is probable cause to believe a crime was committed, it will send the case to the Hancock County grand jury.