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Published: Friday, 11/22/2013

Va. lawmaker out of hospital after stabbing

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Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — State Sen. Creigh Deeds has been released from the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Spokesman Eric Swensen says Deeds was released early today from the Charlottesville hospital. Deeds was airlifted from his home in Bath County on Tuesday after police say his son stabbed him multiple times and then killed himself.

Swensen declined to comment further on Deeds’ release.

State police investigators are still attempting to understand what prompted the violent encounter between Deeds and his 24-year-old son, Gus. The two apparently had a close relationship.

Media outlets report that an emergency custody order was issued for Gus Deeds, but he was released because mental health workers could not find him a psychiatric bed.

The director of the inspector general program for behavioral health in Virginia has opened an investigation into the matter.



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