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Probable cause found in Martinsburg stabbing case

November 06, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 19-year-old woman who was stabbed several times in the face and neck two weeks ago testified during a court hearing Wednesday that she used cocaine that night and the man charged with attacking her huffed paint.

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

Dodson is accused of stabbing his cousin's wife, Chasidy Dodson, 19, several times on Oct. 21. The stabbing happened in a back bedroom inside a home on Grapevine Road.

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"The room was covered in blood," testified Deputy Terry Shetley of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies found blood on walls, floors and on the bed, as well as inside the home's kitchen, bathroom and living room. A blood trail was found outside of the home, he said.

Along with Shetley, Chasidy Dodson, who had visible scars on her face and neck, testified during the half-hour hearing.

Dodson said she and her husband were living with her husband's father at the time. At around 3 a.m., Shane Dodson woke her and asked her where the paint was, she testified. Shane Dodson and several others had huffed paint earlier, Dodson said, but she said she had not.

Dodson entered the woman's bedroom again later, saying he did not want Chasidy Dodson's husband to harm her, she testified. When asked what she meant, Chasidy Dodson explained that her husband has beaten her in the past, but that they had not argued that night.

Dodson testified that as she lay on her bed, Shane Dodson entered a third time and cut her neck.

Although her husband could not be roused, another man in the home was awake, she testified. As Chasidy Dodson spoke with him, Shane Dodson stood in the doorway with a knife and denied cutting her, she said.

Shane Dodson then cut and stabbed her several more times, she said.

The knife had a serrated blade, a black handle and appeared to be part of a kitchen set, Chasidy Dodson said.

On cross-examination by defense attorney Deborah Lawson, Chasidy Dodson said she and her husband each had two hits of cocaine that night.

When Lawson asked Chasidy Dodson whether she knew what could have provoked the stabbing, Chasidy Dodson said she did not.

Lawson asked whether it could have been caused by an argument, a discussion of borrowing money or a robbery. Chasidy Dodson answered no to all of those possibilities.

Chasidy Dodson said she and her husband have since moved back to Virginia. Dodson said she still is receiving treatment for the wounds and may need to have plastic surgery.

After hearing all of the testimony, Magistrate Sandra Miller found enough probable cause to forward the charges to Circuit Court, where Dodson could be indicted by a grand jury.

After the hearing, a bailiff handcuffed Dodson and took him to Eastern Regional Jail. He had been free on bail, but the two charges were in violation of a previous parole agreement. Details of that agreement could not be obtained, but Berkeley County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Groh said the parole stemmed from charges of grand larceny and burglary.

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