HARRISONBURG, Va -- A man, who allegedly shot another man in Rockingham County, was released on bond from the county jail on Thursday afternoon.
More than 1,000 people signed a petition demanding that Rudolph Dean, Jr be released. The jail released Dean on a $50,000 secured bond.
Dean must wear a GPS unit as part of his release, avoid alcohol and guns, and stick to a 7 p.m. curfew.
A WHSV reporter spoke with his wife, who said she is looking forward to having her husband home after the nearly 6-months he has spent in jail.
Rudy Dean is charged with malicious wounding and unlawful use of a firearm. Dean's wife, Susan Dean, said she is thankful for the community's support.
“I'm elated,” said Susan. “It's been a long haul but I'm glad that we're finally here. I'm just happy and blessed. The community has been wonderful. The support has been wonderful, and we couldn't ask for anything else.”
Dean's friend, Peter Leccese said he is thankful for his Dean's release.
“It was a travesty. But today, justice prevailed and he's finally going home,” said Leccese.
Leccese said the community support is proof of Dean's innocence.
“If he was a phony, would all these people come out and support him? I don't think so.”
Susan said her husband's release today is a huge step forward in resolving the case.
“Thank you to all of our friends and family, thank you to God and we're just happy to let things work the way they're supposed to work,” said Susan.
She said she looks forward to spending time with her husband and to getting back to life the way it was before the shooting.
“It's going to be a while but yes I am looking forward to getting back to normal, home, peace.”
A WHSV reporter did reach out to the Commonwealth's Attorney who's prosecuting the case, but they said they do not have any comments.
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