LAUGHLIN, NEV.– The preliminary hearing for a Bullhead City man accused of attempting to kill the mother of his child twice last year has been postponed for two weeks. The prosecuting attorney with the Clark County District Attorney’s office told Laughlin Justice of the Peace Tim Atkins this morning that the main victim in the case was not available to testify against Dusty Dutton, 26, who attended today’s hearing via video-conference from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas. “Her son is in surgery. It’s something that could not have been rescheduled,” Deputy District Attorney Lindsey Moors said in court today. “She is the sole provider of her son and could not leave him.” “I cannot prove my case without her,” Moors continued. Judge Atkins granted the state’s motion for a continuance and rescheduled the preliminary hearing– which will determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial in Clark County District Court– for Feb. 5. There are actually two criminal cases pending against Dutton, both revolve around the same victims, but were initiated by two separate domestic violence incidents at the Riverwood Apartment Complex in Laughlin. Dutton was first arrested by Metro on Sept. 15, 2014. That incident prompted the DA’s office to charge Dutton with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, two counts of battery involving strangulation, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment with a deadly weapon and child abuse. After being released from custody in that case, Dutton failed to show up for several court hearings and remained at large until December when he revisited the victim. He was arrested by Metro again on Dec. 27. According to police, he pushed his way into the victim’s apartment, dragged his ex-girlfriend around the apartment– looking for ‘the other man’ he thought she was seeing. Ultimately, he found no one other than the small child the couple have in common. Metro investigators say that Dutton beat and punched his victim repeatedly and at one point pulled a knife and swung it at her but struck a wall instead of the victim. Dutton has remained incarcerated since his December arrest.
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