Grand Jury To Hear Murder Charges Against Arlington Sheriff's Deputy | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Grand Jury To Hear Murder Charges Against Arlington Sheriff's Deputy

Play associated audio

An off-duty Arlington sheriff's deputy is facing murder charges now that a General District Court judge has certified the case to a grand jury.

Heads turned when one of the benches in the spectator area of the coatroom unexpectedly collapsed during the hearing today, a nervous moment in a tense hearing at a packed courthouse today. The highlight of the case was when prosecutors played the 911 tape in which 44-year-old Craig Patterson, an off-duty Arlington sheriff's deputy, said he shot 22-year-old Julian Dawkins after the younger man threatened him with a knife.

Defense attorneys tried to paint a picture of an off-duty law enforcement officer who was protecting himself from an intoxicated young man wielding a knife. Prosecutors presented evidence that the knife was closed and attached to Dawkin' jeans after he died, so that the younger man could not have been threatening the older man when the fatal shot was fired.

That means the murder trial later this year will focus on whether or not Patterson acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Dawkins.

NPR

A Cuppa Matcha With Your Crickets? On The Menu In 2015

In the new year we'll be eating pot pesto, pork fat, and pancit along with the newborn progeny of Brussels sprouts and kale.
NPR

A Cuppa Matcha With Your Crickets? On The Menu In 2015

In the new year we'll be eating pot pesto, pork fat, and pancit along with the newborn progeny of Brussels sprouts and kale.
NPR

Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.
NPR

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.