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Grand jury indicts man in stabbing

Dennis Deaton

FRONT ROYAL – A grand jury has indicted a Frederick County man accused of stabbing a person in town in February.

Dennis Wayne Deaton, 53, of 8950 Valley Pike, Middletown, stands charged with one count each of malicious wounding and shooting or stabbing in the commission of a felony. The grand jury indicted Deaton on the charges in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday.

A criminal complaint written by Front Royal police Detective Landin Waller states that officers responded to 613 S. Royal Ave. on Feb. 6 for a report of a stabbing. The alleged victim, 42-year-old Roger Allen Cameron Jr., was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital for treatment of a stab wound to the chest, the complaint states.

Police interviewed a witness who said Deaton stabbed Cameron in the chest. Authorities found Deaton shortly after the incident and took him into custody. Officers found a knife on Deaton at that time, the complaint states. He admitted during an interview that he stabbed Cameron in a physical altercation, the complaint states.

A magistrate ordered Deaton held without bail shortly after his arrest. A checklist used by the magistrate to determine if the suspect should receive bail shows Deaton has numerous convictions for crimes of violence, drugs and theft and has prior charges of failing to appear for scheduled court hearings.

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