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Warrant: Bloody knife attack also included a baseball bat

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

A search warrant filed in Warren County Circuit Court describes a bloody trail left throughout a home where a man was stabbed 30 times in the pre-dawn hours of April 20.

Joshua Profitt, the defendant in the case, also allegedly used a baseball bat during the attack on Christopher Stephens in his home at 3163 Freezeland Road, according to the search warrant, one of two filed days after Profitt's arrest.

The warrant for a search of the crime scene in the Linden area states that Stephens was "stabbed multiple times and was struck by a baseball bat" during the attack.

Profitt is charged with aggravated malicious wounding in the attack that sent Stephens to Winchester Medical Center with what authorities described as cuts, stab wounds and possible organ damage.

Another search warrant states that clothing and earrings belonging to Profitt, 29, of Manassas, were seized from him during a search at the Warren County Jail following his arrest. The warrant states that photographs of Profitt's injured hands were also seized during the same search.

Profitt is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Circuit Court on May 30.

The jail search warrant states that Profitt "admitted to having these items of clothing on during the malicious attack" on Stephens. "Christopher Stephens states he was able to identify his attacker by hearing the voice of his friend (Profitt)" and Stephens knew that Profitt was wearing a hooded sweatshirt during the attack, according to the warrant.

Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Madden has said that Profitt and Stephens knew each other as former roommates before the violent confrontation.

The warrant listing items seized during the search of Stephens' residence includes a pocketknife in the front yard. Bloodstain samples are also listed. The bloodstains were collected from the yard, driveway, near the mailbox, roadway, an embankment, rock garden, a blood soaked shirt in the kitchen and the kitchen floor, according to the warrant.

The warrant also lists a smoked and half-smoked cigarette, tire jack handle, tire impressions at the end of the driveway, cell phone and laptop computer among items seized during the search.

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