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Defendant pleads not guilty in Linden stabbing case

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

A defendant accused of stabbing a man as many as 30 times pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and two other charges Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp scheduled a four-day jury trial beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 27 after accepting the pleas from Joshua Christopher Profitt, 29, of Manassas. Authorities believe Profitt stabbed Christopher Stephens of 3163 Freezeland Road, Linden in an early morning confrontation April 20 at Stephens' home.

Sheriff's deputies called to the scene found bloodstains outside and throughout the residence, according to court documents. The criminal complaint against Profitt states that emergency room staff at Winchester Medical Center said Stephens arrived at the hospital badly cut in the face and neck and suffering several stab wounds to the torso, including one to the abdomen.

Stephens told a detective from the Warren County Sheriff's Office that Profitt was his assailant, according to the criminal complaint. Stephens' father also identified Profitt as his son's attacker, the complaint states.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nicholas Manthos told Hupp that he expected evidence from the state crime laboratory should be available by mid-October.

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