Man cleared in Stafford County stabbing

by Keith Epps | The Freelance Star
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A young man accused of stabbing another man multiple times at a party in Stafford County last year was cleared Tuesday after the victim claimed he didn’t remember the incident.

Devin Lamont Laiche, 19, of Bumpass had been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, which carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.

The victim, 20-year-old Darayon Michael Bowens, testified in Stafford Circuit Court Tuesday that he didn’t know who stabbed him and wasn’t even sure that he was stabbed.

At a preliminary hearing, Bowens had identified Laiche as his attacker. He was stabbed seven times, according to the prosecution evidence.

After prosecutor Ryan Frank rested his case, Judge Sarah Deneke granted defense attorney Jonathan David’s motion to strike the case.

That ended the jury trial and meant that Laiche didn’t need to put on a defense.

According to the evidence, a fight broke out at a home on Theodore Street in England Run early April 7 of last year.

A birthday party that had been advertised on Facebook had gotten out of control after between 50 and 60 people showed up, police said.

Witnesses said there was fighting inside and outside the home, and people were scattering in every direction when county deputies began showing up.

Bowens was found wounded and was taken to Stafford Hospital for treatment.

Laiche, who was 17 at the time, was arrested about a half hour later at a nearby Taco Bell, where he was a passenger in a car.

Bowens has since been jailed on his own charges involving violence.

He was convicted in Stafford of unlawful wounding and assault and battery in June and got a year and a half to serve.

He was also convicted of burglary and grand larceny in March and got 10 years with all but 15 days suspended in those cases.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404