Woodson gets 5 more charges
The 19-year-old charged in the shootings that shut down I-64 for more than six hours last week picked up five additional charges for discharging a firearm. Batesville resident Slade A. Woodson appeared in Albemarle General District Court this morning via video hookup, his second court appearance in two days. He currently faces 15 felony charges in Albemarle stemming from firing into occupied vehicles on I-64, and two felony charges in Waynesboro for shooting into a house and at a bank.
A gasp was heard in court when Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford announced the five additional charges for discharging a weapon. Three are for firing from a vehicle so as to endanger people, and two are for firing into an occupied dwelling.
The Newsplex and NBC29 both filed motions to have cameras in the court to tape Woodson on the monitor. Retired Judge Paul Peatross agreed to allow one TV camera, one tape recorder, and one still photographer.
The hearing today was to provide Woodson with counsel. When Peatross asked him if he'd like to hire an attorney, Woodson replied, "No sir, I would like a court-appointed lawyer." The teen listed his assets as $100 to $200, and several vehicles. "They're old," he told the judge, mentioning a Dodge, an Isuzu Rodeo and a car. He estimated the vehicles were worth less than $1,500.
Woodson allegedly was driving a 1974 orange AMC Gremlin in the Waynesboro shootings. That vehicle was found abandoned on U.S. 29 just south of the Greene County line, and police found .22 bullet casings that matched ballistics from the March 27 shootings.
In further developments, NBC29 identified the man shot at Yonder Hill Farm during the March 28 arrest of Woodson as farm manager Edgar Dawson. Dawson's attorney, John Zwerling, says his client is in serious, but stable condition, with a tube coming out of his stomach, and his hands and chest are bandaged.
According to Zwerling, Dawson had a gun and was defending his home when police came in at 4:48am March 28. At this time, Albemarle police have not released the name of the officer, now on paid leave, who shot Dawson, but they are expected to release more details later today.
A 16-year-old arrested in the shootings continues to be detained after a closed hearing in Charlottesville Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court yesterday.
–PHOTOS COURTESY WINA