Jury Finds Dean Guilty of Unlawful Wounding, Not Guilty of Second Charge

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

HARRISONBURG -- The alleged road rage case WHSV has covered for more than a year ended on Wednesday evening.

After four hours of deliberations, a jury found Rudy Dean guilty of unlawful wounding, but not guilty of using a firearm in commission of that crime.

Two hours later, the jury recommended a presentence of nine months. A judge will formalize Dean's sentence in early June. Dean is released until that date.

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

Dean testified on Wednesday that he was hit several times with a baton by Crawford, and his attorney showed bruises on Dean's arms in photos. This information didn't come out until a few days after the shooting.

Dean made no mention of being hit with the baton until days after the shooting.

The Commonwealth's attorney said information was inconsistent from witnesses.

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