Preliminary Hearing For Craig Patterson, Arlington County Deputy, Set For August In Murder Of Julian Dawkins

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Craig Patterson, Arlington County deputy charged in death of Julian Dawkins
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The preliminary hearing for Arlington County Deputy Craig Patterson in the shooting death of 22-year-old Julian Dawkins is set for August.

Friday, Commonwealth's Attorney S. Randolph Sengel said Patterson will have the hearing the morning of August 6 at the Alexandria General District Court.

Patterson made his first court appearance via closed circuit TV screen at the Alexandria courthouse May 31. He was denied bond.

Patterson is charged with first degree murder. The warrant for his arrest states he "willfully, deliberately, and with premeditation kill and murder Julian D. Dawkins in the first degree."

Commonwealth Attorney Randy Sengel said the charges were filed because the investigation showed that Patterson told Dawkins "I'll be back" after they had an altercation. According to Sengel, Patterson went home, got his badge, handcuffs and gun and chased Dawkins. Sengel said in court that Patterson shot Dawkins in the yard of a nearby home. Dawkins' knife was found folded up in his pants pocket, according to Sengel. Dawkins was shot to death just two doors down from his own home in a fenced-in yard in the Del Ray community of Alexandria.

Patterson's arrest came after public outcry when the circumstances of the shooting were revealed by family and friends of Dawkins.

Patterson is a 17-year employee of the Arlington County Sheriff's Department who has spent most of his career working in the jail. Patterson was honored with "employee of the quarter" recently and a source says has never had any disciplinary problems.

Julian Dawkins' death is a reminder of one of the most brutal killings in Alexandria. In April of 2000, Dawkins was a third-grade classmate of eight-year-old Kevin Shifflett who was stabbed to death outside his grandmother's home.  Shifflett's alleged killer, Gregory Murphy, was deemed incompetent to stand trial and lives at a state mental hospital.

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