David Knott

Shenandoah County resident Cynthia Dellinger died Saturday from multiple stab wounds, an autopsy has revealed.

The final autopsy performed by the state medical examiner’s office in Manassas earlier this week confirmed what law enforcement agents said in court documents that they saw Dellinger with stab wounds, lying in a pool of blood at her Dellinger Acres Road residence.

The medical examiner ruled the manner of Dellinger’s death a homicide caused by “multiple, sharp-force injuries,” Jennifer Starkey, the administrator at the Manassas office said by phone Thursday, citing the autopsy.

Virginia police arrested David Eugene Knott on Sunday and charged him with second-degree murder in Dellinger’s death. Knott, 55, of Edinburg, remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. A judge in Shenandoah County General District Court appointed the public defender’s office to represent Knott and scheduled the defendant’s preliminary hearing for March 18.

Investigators state in several court documents that law enforcement agents at the scene Saturday afternoon discovered Dellinger suffering from multiple stab wounds and lying on the private drive of her residence. An investigator states in one document that he estimated Dellinger sustained at least 10 stab wounds.

Court documents show that law enforcement agents recovered a butcher knife and a folding knife from the scene but investigators had not yet determined if either blade had been used in the stabbing.

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