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Former Arlington County sheriff's deputy to remain jailed

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Craig Patterson Craig Patterson
Julian Dawkins Julian Dawkins

A former Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy remains jailed on a premeditated murder charge.

On Tuesday, attorneys for Craig Patterson, 44, asked a judge to release their client on a "reasonable" bond of $50,000. William Hamblen, a retired judge from Prince William County who is handling the case, denied that request.

Defense attorneys cited Patterson's exemplary record as a jail guard for the Arlington County Sheriff's Office, his participation as a church deacon, and his long ties to the area.

Patterson's former wife, with whom he had three children with, told the judge that her ex-husband wept after the shooting incident in the Del Ray section of Alexandria on May 22.

The defense team also repeated the claim made by Patterson when he made a 911 call: he discharged his weapon in self-defense.

In the early morning hours of May 22, a single shot rang out on Lynhaven Drive in Alexandria. There is no dispute that former Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Patterson pulled the trigger. 22-year-old Julian Dawkins was killed by the bullet.

At an earlier hearing, the prosecution told a judge, after an argument on the street, Deputy Patterson went back to his nearby home, and retrieved his badge, handcuffs and gun.

Attorneys representing Patterson put his former wife on the stand to testify that he routinely carried his service weapon with him. The former wife also testified her ex-husband had some difficulty coping with overnight hours, something he would routinely have to do as a jail guard in Arlington.

Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Sengal called Patterson's conduct "inexcusable" and said if there was a problem on the street, the appropriate conduct for a deputy would be to "call local police" and let them handle it.

Friends and family members of Julian Dawkins expressed satisfaction with the judge's decision to refuse bond.

"[Patterson knew that she should have called] for backup (or call somebody), said Dierdre Powell, a friend of the victim's family. "But to leave, come back, and take another life -- he should be held responsible for that. So I think the judge did the right thing by denying him bond.”

Supporters of former Deputy Patterson also attended the hearing. Among them: a pastor at his church, and 13 members of the Arlington County Sheriff's Office. Patterson's supporters declined to speak with reporters after the bond hearing.

Patterson remains in custody in the Alexandria city jail.

Previous Coverage:

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