Stabbing victim testifies in Henrico

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – New information in the case of a grocery store employee accused of stabbing a co-worker - then, himself. 29-year-old Derek James appeared in court Tuesday. During his preliminary hearing the victim testified about what she calls, "a frightening ordeal."

We're learning more about the victim and what she says happened inside a Martin's Grocery Store. 27-year-old Angela Shakespeare told a judge she showed up to work -- her colleague, Derek James, violently attacked -- stabbing her six times.

September 22 – 6:00 a.m. Angela Shakespeare says minutes after showing up for work at the Martin's Store on Three Chopt - her co-worker, Derek James, began yelling at her -- screaming - quote "I hate everybody…I want to kill everybody..."

Shakespeare testified that James pulled a knife stabbing her multiple times, then himself.

"She was stabbed six times. Twice in the left hand, left arm, right side, left breast, and the stomach," Prosecutor Heidi Barshinger said.

Shakespeare testified that James chased her through the store -- she indicated that at one point James seemed sincere and confused.

Defense Attorney David Whaley: "Obviously that causes me concern as to his mental well being at the time of the offense."
Nicole: "Do you plan on requesting a mental competency hearing?"
Whaley: "Haven't made that decision yet."

Both sides agree James and Shakespeare didn't have a relationship outside of work. They'd been co-workers for 8 years. James worked the overnight shift -- stocking shelves. Shakespeare worked at the cafe.

"It's been a difficult experience for her she's been out of work this whole time. [She] had a lot of doctor visits and appointments. It's still unknown if she needs surgery at this time," said Barshinger.

Shakespeare's family said nothing as they left court…neither did the family of James. His attorney says James is remorseful.

"We obviously have a great deal of sympathy for the lady injured  in this incident  and he's quite concerned about her we're glad she's making a recovery," Whaley said.

The judge certified the charge of aggravated malicious wounding to the grand jury. On January 9th, the jury will decide if the charges will go forward. For now, the trial is scheduled for February 8th.

The victim was the only person called to testify Tuesday. James is being held at the Henrico County Jail.

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