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Wright brothers appear in court for attempted murder hearing

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- 24-year-old Jermaris West was fatally stabbed on labor day in Dubuque. More than two months later there are still no charges filed for his death.

Derrick Tye was also stabbed that day. He lived.

Friday, Jerel and Joseph Wright appeared in Dubuque County court for a pre-trial hearing.

Jerel Wright is charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing Derek Tye.

His brother, Joseph Wright, is charged with assault, carrying a concealed weapon and attempted murder.

Friday the two defendants requested separate trials - arguing if they are tried together they'll have no opportunity to cross examine each other.

Jerel's attorney -- Andrea Dryer -- also argued that each persons responsibility should be determined separately. The state argued that the Wright brothers remain co-defendants, stating that their crimes happened at the same place, the same time and had the same witnesses.

Joseph's attorney also motioned to separate the assault and concealed weapons charges from the attempted murder.

The judge motioned to seek advisement -- meaning he'll return with a ruling after he consults his peers. He said he'll return with a ruling as soon as possible.

If the two are tried separately that would mean two separate juries, judges and witnesses. The trial is set for December 7th.

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