Kory Thomas White, center, exits the Boulder County Jail after he was charged Tuesday with attempted second-degree murder.
Kory Thomas White, center, exits the Boulder County Jail after he was charged Tuesday with attempted second-degree murder. ( MARK LEFFINGWELL )

The suspect accused of attacking a Boulder man at a Labor Day party and severely injuring him was formally charged with attempted second-degree murder Tuesday.

Kory Thomas White, dressed in a navy blazer and blue dress shirt, did not comment after the hearing.

White, 23, was also charged with first-degree assault and first-degree burglary in the attack on Donie McKillop-Lopez, 24, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition after he was struck on the head.

Police have not revealed what they think White used to hit McKillop-Lopez during a barbecue on University Hill in the early hours of Sept. 7.

White was arrested in Pueblo, where he lives, later that day. Tuesday's hearing was White's first appearance in the case in Boulder County, and he remains free on $250,000 bond.

Kory Thomas White listens as the charges against him are read at the Boulder County Jail.
Kory Thomas White listens as the charges against him are read at the Boulder County Jail. ( MARK LEFFINGWELL )

A judge set Oct. 15 as the date for his preliminary hearing.

Prosecutor Tim Johnson said his office also filed four counts of crime of violence against White, which would ensure that he serves prison time if he is convicted.

Johnson said White faces a 10- to 32-year prison range on each felony count.

A lawyer for McKillop-Lopez's family said Tuesday that the recent University of Colorado graduate is "doing much better" and is in stable condition.

Attorney Andrew Andrade also said McKillop-Lopez is particularly thankful to his sister, who found him lying wounded on the floor, and to his neighbor, who called 911 and began administering medical care to him.


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"As for the criminal charges against Kory White, we want to tell the White family that we pray for them, that God gives them the strength to get through this ordeal," Andrade read in a statement outside the Boulder County Jail on Tuesday.

The family posted on a hospital message board that McKillop-Lopez returned home Tuesday to continue his rehabilitation. They said he still suffers from headaches.

Contact Camera Staff Writer John Aguilar at 303-473-1389 or aguilarj@dailycamera.com.