ACCOMAC, VA., AUG. 24 -- After hearing a man describe how he and his son were stabbed and left in a tomato field last month, a judge decided to send charges against an Accomac poultry plant worker to a grand jury for a ruling.
The grand jury that meets Oct. 5 is to consider whether Dean Edward Crowell, 25, should stand trial on two counts of abduction, two counts of attempted murder, and robbery and grand larceny charges.
Accomack County General District Judge Wescott Northam heard testimony from Patrick Donahoe, 25, who said he and his son, Patrick Donahoe Jr., 3, were abducted and stabbed July 24, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar.
Donahoe received 20 stab wounds and was robbed of cash, and his car was stolen after he gave a man a ride. After the attack, Donahoe left his son in the field and spent 13 hours crawling one mile to the nearest house for help.
Rescue workers found the boy unconscious and covered with ticks and mosquito bites. He had been stabbed in the chest and cut across the throat. Donahoe received multiple stab wounds in his chest, back, arms and legs. One knife thrust through his left temple penetrated his brain.
Both Donahoes were released after being treated at Norfolk hospitals, Agar said.
Crowell, who worked at a poultry plant and knew Donahoe from high school, was arrested the day after the attack, officials said.