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GILLETTE (WNE) — A trial date of Oct. 31 has been set for a man accused of attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly fired shots outside of Mingles Lounge in September, one of which hit a man in the leg.

The trial for D’Marco Lee Jones has been scheduled for seven days at the request of Campbell County Attorney Ronald E. Wirthwein, who expects some lengthy testimony.

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Wirthwein and defense attorney Mitchell Damsky had been in plea negotiations for several months and had twice asked for — and received — permission to postpone pre-trial hearings. But a third request was denied June 26 by District Judge Michael N. “Nick” Deegan, who said the months since Jones’ arraignment in October 2018 had provided plenty of time to engage in plea negotiations.

The two had been at Mingles Sept. 22 when racial slurs were made and someone batted Jones’ phone out of his hand, according to court documents. The Michigan men had arrived in Gillette earlier in the evening and checked into the Fairfield Inn and Suites before visiting the nearby bar.

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