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Commonwealth’s attorney won’t bring charges in Deeds suicide, stabbing

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — In a letter to Virginia State Police, the Bath County commonwealth’s attorney said he will not pursue any charges in the

“I find no criminal involvement in this matter… and accordingly decline to initiate criminal prosecution,” John Singleton wrote.

Troopers said said Deeds’ son, Gus, stabbed his father several times on Nov. 19 before picking up a gun and killing himself.

Deeds’ son was under an emergency custody order the day before, but was let go when crisis workers couldn’t find an open psychiatric bed in time.

A report about Virginia’s mental health system was completed by the state’s top investigator on March 10, was released after the Virginia State Police requested that it be withheld from the public.

The report involved the probe into the suicide of Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds’ son Gus just hours after a mental health evaluation.

State Inspector General Mike Morehart told CBS 6 Virginia State Police asked the report be withheld.

“The OSIG honored this request in order to ensure it did not impede or obstruct the VSP’s investigation,” Morehart said.

When CBS 6 asked Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller why state police requested the delayed release of the report, she emailed us this response:

“The Virginia State Police requested that the OSIG not release its administrative report until after the criminal investigation was completed and the Commonwealth’s Attorney has had a chance to review the criminal investigative findings and make a prosecutorial decision in the matter.”

Geller called the state police criminal investigation “ongoing” and added it was standard Virginia State Police procedure to turn over the criminal investigative findings to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for review and final adjudication.

The news comes roughly three weeks after CBS 6 Investigative Reporter Melissa Hipolit told you the man helping Virginia’s top investigator improve the state’s mental health system had resigned.

In his resignation letter, Douglas Bevelacqua said leadership at the OSIG said his division reports were “too emotional,” “incendiary,” and “editorialized,” so they repeatedly changed the content and form of the work.

One of Bevelacqua’s reports involved the probe into the suicide of Gus Deeds.

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    Open Government reports:
    A report on Austin Creigh “Gus” Deeds’ case finalized two weeks ago by the state’s top watchdog is being withheld from the public while authorities consider criminal charges, Virginia’s inspector general said Tuesday. The Office of the State Inspector General launched a review of the case, leading to the report completed March 10. State police that day asked that the document be withheld until its investigation is finished and prosecutors make a determination on whether to file criminal charges, Inspector General Michael Morehart said.
    – Morehart acknowledged that he could not provide legal justification for withholding the document.
    – The new AG, Herring, has anointed self law “Enforcement” and
    obstructionist too in addition to his Constitution Office with stated
    responsibilities, duites, obligations, and accountabilities.
    There wouldn’t be anything to hide, if they weren’t hiding something.
    Resignations wouldn’t have been necessary if party wasn’t manipulating
    to party agendas purposes.

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