Craig Patterson, Arlington County deputy charged in death of Julian Dawkins
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Arlington County Deputy Craig Patterson made his first court appearance after being charged with murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Julian Dawkins. Patterson appeared via closed circuit TV screen at the Alexandria courthouse on Friday morning and as denied bond.
Police Chief Earl Cook said Patterson was arrested on thursday without incidence ot a residence in Fredericksburg.
"God is good! God is Good" said a woman in the long line to attend Dawkins's funeral. Hundreds turned out to pay their respects. Many friends who could not get inside the Antioch Church of Christ gathered outside and remember Dawkins.
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 deputy Craig Patterson told 22-year-old Julian 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.
Next Friday, a date will be set for the preliminary hearing.
Friends and family of Julian Dawkins said good-bye to him at his funderal a few hours after Patterson's court hearing. Dawkins was shot to death just two doors down from his own home in a fenced-in yard in Del Ray Community of Alexandria.
Peggy Fox spoke to several of Dawkins's loved ones at his funeral. When asked what she thought about the deputy now being charged with murder, one friend said, "I'm happy. It was a very senseless and --I just want justice...because he was -- gone at a young age. Very bright kid. Didn't harm no one. And he didn't deserve this."
Ebony Green is one of Julian's cousins. She told us before bursting into tears, "I was hurt when I see his body. It was just sad how he died."
Another friend of Julian expressed her thoughts about the murder charge as well, "They did good and I'm happy that they found him because now, Julian -- me and Julian is the same age -- he had no business shooting him. I don't understand that."
"Earlier today, the Commonwealth's Attorney requested that detectives apply for an arrest warrant for Patterson," police said.
The warrant was issued Thursday afternoon and Patterson was taken into custody at a residence in Spotsylvania County.
The arrest comes after public outcry against Patterson, after the circumstances of the shooting were revealed by family and friends of Dawkins.
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who knew Julian and knows his family, told us that he was confident police investigators are doing their job.
Last week, before the new charge Euille said, "I know how people feel. I haven't been there and haven't been able to talk to the Commonwealth's Attorney to ask why charges haven't been filed but I know they're gathering evidence in the investigation," said Mayor Euille.
That was little comfort for Julian Dawkins' family and his many friends.
Patterson is a 17-year employee of the Arlington County Sheriff's Department who has spent most of his career working in the jail.
Deputy Craig Patterson spent most of his 17 years working in the Arlington County Jail. Ricardo Malloy recently served time there for driving on a suspended license, and remembers Deputy Patterson. Malloy said Patterson was not a nice person and he said he is not surprised about the murder charge.
A source high up in the Arlington Sheriff's Department said they were "stunned" about the shooting. The source says that Patterson is not a "hot head" but a low-key guy who "always had a smile on his face." Patterson was honored with "employee of the quarter" recently and the source says has never had any disciplinary problems.
Julian Dawkins's 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.