Twice-accused Crawford goes on trial
As detailed in this morning's story in the Daily Progress, Anthony Dale Crawford plans to mount an I-tried-to-commit-suicide-but- accidentally-shot-her-instead defense. Will a Charlottesville jury buy it? A little over two years ago, one Charlottesville jury found "no malice" in an 18-stab-wound streetside killing of a local firefighter.
But in this case there had already been a protective order against Crawford from the woman he shot to death. And if the jury gets to hear about the rape case for which he won acquittal in 1992, his chances of freedom may fade.
•10:15am 68 of the 70 summoned jurors milled in the lobby of Charlottesville Circuit Court, as a secretary tried to round up the other two. The case is expected to eat up at least three days.