Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Stabbing Roommate, Beating Fellow Inmate

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The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse. (Staff Photo)
The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse. (Staff Photo)

Charges were dropped last week against a man who faced two malicious wounding charges in Williamsburg-James City County District Court.

Dontey Terrill Palmer, 29, was found to be an unrestorable incompetent defendant – which means he is mentally unfit to stand trial – and has been ordered by the court to enter into psychiatric treatment, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Katey Fennig.

Palmer was originally arrested after he allegedly stabbed his roommate five times on Christmas Eve 2014.

The victim told James City County Police that Palmer asked him for a cigarette and then attacked him with a steak knife when he was refused to give him one. The victim was stabbed four times in the back and once in the neck before he ran out of the house to escape from Palmer.

Palmer was charged with one felony count of aggravated malicious wounding stemming from that incident and housed at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail while awaiting trial.

It was at VPRJ that Palmer incurred a second malicious wounding charge for allegedly knocking another inmate unconscious the following February.

Palmer was accused of punching and kicking a 52-year-old inmate multiple times, knocking him unconscious.

Mental evaluations found Palmer was incompetent to stand trial, and both charges were dropped at a May 5 hearing.

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