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Trial dates set in child porn, attempted murder cases

Trial dates for a child porn case, and an attempted murder case, were set for early next year in Nevada County Superior Court.

A misdemeanor case involving former Nevada County supervisor Terry Lamphier is now set to start Feb. 23.

Lamphier has been charged with three counts of having or possessing digital obscene images of a person younger than 18.



The criminal investigation against Lamphier in 2014 broke right before the election in which he was running for a seat on the Grass Valley City Council, after investigators reportedly found images of “very young girls” on his workplace computer.

Lamphier — who said he did not knowingly click on, visit or download any inappropriate material from child porn sites — won a seat on the council in November but resigned two days after he was sworn in. He faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail on each count, and potentially could be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.




Lamphier’s trial has been marked by several delays, reportedly so a forensic expert could analyze his computers. A pre-trial conference was set for Jan. 11 and the trial was estimated to last four or five days.

The trial for a man charged with attempted murder after a shooting incident was set for Jan. 5.

William “Dale” Carman, 59, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, being a felon in possession of a firearm, arson, criminal threats and attempted criminal threats, in connection with a Jan. 2, 2015 incident that reportedly involved Carman and his brother, James “Don” Carman, firing shots at each other.

Dale Carman was on the property off Rex Reservoir and Flying T roads with a gunshot wound to the face and reportedly told a deputy he had broken the window of a trailer and that his brother shot him in the face.

A female victim, Andrea Smith, was found at the trailer with a gunshot wound to the cheek; Don Carman had left the scene.

Don Carman was located later that day and said he had been at the trailer when Dale began pounding on the door and then fired a round through the window, hitting Smith. He said he returned fire into the dark with a .22 revolver.

Smith reportedly told a detective that Dale Carman had been at the trailer the day before, and during an argument he shot off a fire extinguisher around the trailer and in her face, then broke her computer. He had threatened to kill both her and Don, and burn down the trailer. After he left, she noticed that her car had been burned.

Carman is set to return to court for a trial readiness conference Dec. 18.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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