No criminal investigation in Deeds stabbing

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Bath County Commonwealth's Attorney has decided not conduct a criminal investigation in connection with the stabbing of State Senator Creigh Deeds and suicide of his son, Gus.

Bath County Commonwealth's Attorney John Singleton notified Virginia State Police of the decision Wednesday. The decision puts an end to the State Police investigation into the Nov. 19 incident which hospitalized Sen. Deeds and left his son dead. The decision by prosecutors clears any possibility of charges against Sen. Deeds or mental health workers involved in Gus' treatment.

Meanwhile, a report by the Office of the Inspector General to Governor Terry McAuliffe released Thursday found several flaws in the state's mental health procedures. The report found current procedures lead to long delays in gaining admission when an Emergency Custody Order has been executed.

The report shows the evaluator in Gus Deeds made 20 phone calls to hospitals and private psychiatric facilities from Radford to Manassas searching for a bed. However, two private hospitals with available beds were never contacted.

Sen. Deeds was stabbed multiple times to his head and chest at his Bath County home by his son, who later killed himself. Sen. Deeds then walked down the hill from his home to Route 42, where he was spotted and picked up by a cousin who was driving by. They drove to the cousin's house where the 911 call was placed to the sheriff's office, according to State Police.

Deeds was flown by helicopter to University of Virginia Medical Center with serious injuries, but has since recovered.

Sen. Deeds has served in the state legislature for more than 20 years. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1991, where he served until 2001 when he was elected to the State Senate.

Sen. Deeds was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2009, but lost to Bob McDonnell. He previously lost by less than 400 of votes to McDonnell in the 2005 Attorney General's race.

Gus had just withdrawn from William and Mary a month prior to his death, according to the university. He was not currently enrolled, however had attended off and on since graduating from Bath County High School in 2007. The university called him a music major with a "strong academic record." Gus was charged with underage possession of alcohol in 2009, but the charge was later dismissed.

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