A hearing held in Seventh District Court Thursday for Jordan Jerome Dalman resulted in a jury trial date of April 20 being set for the former Vergas man.

In addition to a second-degree murder charge, the 26-year-old Dalman is facing a felony charge of interference with a dead body (concealing a body) and a gross-misdemeanor charge of interference with a dead body (concealing evidence). 

According to amended court records, an altercation between Dalman and his roommate, Dylan Butler, was reported to law enforcement by Dalman’s parents on Sept. 21, 2018. They said the last time they had seen Butler was Sept. 20.

Butler’s body was found in a place indicated by Dalman, covered with dirt, with gunshot wounds to the chest. 

Dalman and his lawyers requested an examination of Dalman’s mental condition. But the exam could not be conducted because of Dalman’s unwillingness to participate. 

Murder in the second degree is punishable with imprisonment for no more than 40 years. The felony charge of interference with a dead body carries a sentence of three years and/or a fine of not more than $5,000. The gross misdemeanor charge carries a maximum sentence of up to one year and a $1,000 fine, or both.

The jury trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 20 before Judge Sharon Grewell Benson.

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