Day 1 of Rudy Dean Trial: Jury Selection, Witnesses Testify

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- On Monday, attorneys agreed on the jury in a case that's gotten a lot of attention and the first witnesses took the stand.

Rudy Dean is facing an aggravated malicious wounding charge for shooting Robert Crawford after a road rage incident on January 30, 2012 in Rockingham County. Supporters said he shot the man in self-defense.

Crawford testified in court on Tuesday. He said he felt like Dean followed him in his car and bullied him.

Crawford stopped at his home to check his mail. He said Dean drove by his home, turned around and came back. That's when Crawford said Dean pulled up on his property and wouldn't leave. Crawford said he pulled out a baton, but didn't use it. He did end up hitting Dean with his hands and that's when he said, Dean shot him.

Dean stayed at the scene in his car and called 911.

A medical examiner was expected to testify on Tuesday next.

The trial is expected to last four days.

The week prior to the trial, the Commonwealth's attorney asked to throw out evidence in the case, including pills found in the victims car.


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