Fri, April 03

Trio of high-profile cases to be heard in Superior Court Monday
Rider, Collins and Dickinson face hearings

Jack Rider, Seth Collins and Wade Dickinson

Jack Rider, Seth Collins and Wade Dickinson

CAMP VERDE -- Three high-profile court cases have appearances in Camp Verde, Monday.

Jack Rider, 37, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. for his conviction for 2nd-degree murder. Rider was convicted by jury for killing Kristil Wilson, 22, of Bullhead City July 19, 2007, while swimming at Beasley Flats near Camp Verde.

Originally ruled an accidental drowning, an eyewitness later told detectives that Rider intentionally killed the woman. U.S. Marshals found Rider living in Florida in 2012, where he was married with a child and training as a detention officer.

Rider is reportedly facing a term of 10 to 22 years in prison, as determined by Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Joseph Butner.

Rider has asked for a new trial and Butner may decide that request as well.

Seth Collins is on tap for a scheduling conference. Last year after rejecting a plea agreement, Collins, 46, is expected to be scheduled for trial for an alleged DUI-drugs crash in November 2014 on State Route 260 between Camp Verde and Cottonwood. His pickup crashed into a van holding Jeremy Hutchinson, Sabrina Champ, their five children and a friend.

Wade Cole Dickinson, 31, will be returned to Camp Verde Monday from the Arizona State Prison to be present for a possible change of plea.

Dickinson is in prison convicted of felonies for fraud, weapons, drugs and other offenses. The case he is still facing charges Dickinson with escape from the Yavapai County Jail in July 2014, as he was about to be transported to prison.

Athletically limber, Dickinson grabbed a basketball hoop and scaled the wall of the recreation yard, climbed to the roof, went through a security fence and dropped to the ground to freedom.

He was not seen for three months until nabbed by U.S. Marshals while living in employee housing on the strip in Las Vegas.

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