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Man arraigned in stabbing

October 28, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged with stabbing a female relative several times in the face and neck last week, nearly severing part of her nose, was arraigned Monday.

Shane "Dipper" Dodson, 22, of Kearneysville, W.Va., was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of malicious wounding.

Dodson was free on $50,000 bail. As a condition of his release, he is not to have any contact with the victim, 19-year-old Chasidy Dodson, who is his cousin's wife, according to officers with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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The stabbing happened at around 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 at a home on Grapevine Road.

Police learned of the stabbing when an employee at City Hospital alerted authorities.

Chasidy Dodson told Deputy T.S. Shetley that she was in her father-in-law's home when a man she alleged was Shane Dodson walked in and demanded she wake her husband.

After she refused, the man grabbed her face and stabbed her several times with a kitchen-type knife.

"The victim had multiple 'very deep' stab wounds to the neck and face that were described by the attending physician at City Hospital as life-threatening," Shetley wrote in court records. "The lower portion of the victim's nose was severed to the point of almost being detached, from a slicing stab wound."

Chasidy Dodson was transferred to Washington County Hospital later that morning. A spokeswoman there said Monday evening that Dodson was no longer a patient.

Cpl. Brendan Hall, who is assisting with the investigation, previously said that he could not speculate on a possible motive.

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