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May 16, 2014

Attempted murder, stalking, reckless driving charges: Princeton man arraigned

PRINCETON — A Princeton man was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with attempted murder after allegedly pursuing another person’s vehicle and ramming it.

James Dedrick Lilly II, 29, of Princeton was arraigned before Magistrate Jim Dent on charges of attempted murder, stalking and reckless driving, according to the case file at the Mercer County Magistrate Clerk’s Office. Dent set a $50,000 cash or surety bond. Lilly was later released on bond.

The incident began 1:24 a.m. when Senior Deputy A.M. Ballard and Sgt. G.W. Woods, who were standing the Sheetz parking lot on Oakvale Road near Princeton, observed three vehicles traveling east on Oakvale Road at a high rate of speed. The vehicles then went up Ambrose Lane and proceeded west on U.S. Route 460 toward Princeton. Ballard said in his report that he and Woods pursued them.

After the vehicles were stopped, a man driving a dark Nissan said Lilly had been chasing him and physically rammed his car on Oakvale Road. A woman driving another car stated that Lilly had been harassing her with telephone calls and emails as well as stalking her at her workplace, Ballard said in his arrest report.

The chase allegedly started 1 a.m. in the Kroger parking lot along Stadium Drive in Princeton. Lilly arrived when she met with friends and tried to tell her to go home, and then followed the man when he left the parking lot, Ballard said.

After being stopped, Lilly told Woods that there was a loaded firearm in his vehicle, Ballard said. The weapon had one round in its chamber. Lilly stated that he had a concealed carry permit, but did not have the permit or his identification with him.

Lilly told the deputies that the other driver had braked suddenly, causing him to strike the vehicle, Ballard said. He did not have an explanation for the pursuit.

Attempted murder is a felony that carries a term of three to 15 years in prison. Stalking has a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Reckless driving comes with a penalty of five to 90 days in jail and a fine between $25 to $500.

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