Murder indictment for Fairfax man
A Fairfax County man, who had previously fought with a neighbor after a traffic altercation, has been indicted for murder and three other felonies after allegedly invading the neighbor's home, tying him up and then shooting him in the head.
Stephen A. Carr, 48, was watching a Redskins game with his girlfriend in his home in the Springfield area on Sept. 12 when a man burst in and ordered them to the floor at gunpoint.
Carr's girlfriend, Rina Cabrera, testified last month that she did not recognize the man, but Carr and the man had had an altercation in front of Carr's house in June and the man -- David A. Patton, 44 -- was due in court later that week to face an assault charge.
Passing motorists and neighbors had harassed Carr because he had worked with Fairfax County to install a speed hump in front of his home on Field Master Drive. But police now think the June altercation between Patton and Carr may have been a dispute between drivers, unrelated to the speed hump.
Cabrera said she and Carr tried to escape the plastic ties around their wrists, and that she ran from the house. While she was outside screaming for help, she heard a gunshot. Then the invader recaptured her, forced her back inside, where she saw that Carr was dead.
When Carr's roommate returned home soon after, he interrupted the episode, and the gunman fled. Patton was arrested in the backyard of the house.
Grand jury indictments, unsealed on Tuesday, showed that Patton was indicted for murder, burglary, abduction and use of a firearm in a felony. Patton is being held without bond in the Fairfax jail. Trial was set for Feb. 7. Court records indicate that Patton's lawyers, the Fairfax public defender's office, have already sought a psychiatric evaluation of Patton.
| November 19, 2010; 12:28 PM ET
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