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Judge finds probable cause in Quincy stabbing case

Dwayne Brandon
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 11, 2017 10:40 pm Updated: Oct. 11, 2017 10:48 pm

QUINCY — Probable cause was found Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court in the case of a Quincy man accused of stabbing a woman in the neck and shoulder.

Judge Robert Adrian ruled that Dwayne M. Brandon's case should move forward. He will next appear in court Oct. 25 for arraignment.

Brandon, 55, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery.

Quincy police officer Megan Dolbeare testified that officers were called to 820 1/2 Jackson on Oct. 2 in response to a report that a woman had stabbed herself.

When she arrived, Dolbeare said she found a woman on a neighboring house's front porch slumped over and bleeding from the neck and shoulder area. The woman told another officer, Dolbeare testified, that she thought Brandon stabbed her three times

The woman also told police while at Blessing Hospital that when she walked into her home, she saw a knife next to Brandon and asked him whether he was going to stab her. He allegedly grabbed another knife and said he would kill her.

Dolbeare testified that she found blood in the kitchen, bathroom and southeast living area of the home. A knife also was found in bathroom.

She also testified that Brandon made remarks while waiting to be booked that he wanted to kill the woman. A probable cause statement in the case claimed that Brandon told officers to “write that down.”

During cross-examination, Brandon's attorney, Public Defender Amber Davis, questioned Dolbeare on why the initial call was for a woman with self-inflicted injuries.

Dolbeare said a neighbor's daughter answered the door and Brandon told her that the woman stabbed herself, and the daughter relayed that information to her mother, who called 911.

Dolbeare also testified that there was no video recording of Brandon's reported remarks during booking.

Brandon is being held in the Adams County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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