Magnolia man’s assault trial in 2013 incident to begin today

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James A. Wilson

DOVER — The jury trial of a 51-year-old Magnolia man accused of crashing into a vehicle while fleeing from police during a 2013 search warrant execution is scheduled to start today.

James A. Wilson was charged with second- and third-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony after an alleged incident on April 4, 2013. He was indicted on June 3, 2013, and seven previous trial dates have since been postponed.

The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in Kent County Superior Court. A motion to suppress is also scheduled today.

When announcing the arrest, the Dover Police Department said Mr. Wilson was apprehended after he drove from the scene of a search warrant execution regarding a drug investigation. Police said no drugs were found at the “Many Things” business in the 200 block of West Loockerman Street, but currency was seized and the investigation continued.

Mr. Wilson, who police said was named on the warrant, was in a parking lot across the street and drove quickly away onto South New Street, according to authorities. He later drove through a red light, police said, and collided with a pickup truck and trailer.

The truck’s driver and passenger were injured, treated and released from Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, police said.

Mr. Wilson fled on foot, according to police, and quickly was taken into custody.

Other charges include disregarding a police officer’s signal, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an injury accident, leaving the scene of a collision, two counts of criminal mischief greater than $1,000 and traffic offenses including unsafe speed.

Deputy attorney General Greg Babowal is prosecuting for the state, with attorney John Garey representing Mr. Wilson.

Two trials were postponed in 2013 — Sept. 17 and Dec. 2; 2014 delays followed on Feb. 18 and April 14, along with Dec. 8, 2015, and Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 in 2016.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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