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Woman cleared in city stabbing
A serious felony charge against a Fredericksburg woman was dropped this week after the victim continued to insist that she didn’t commit the crime.
Keyzha L. Benson, 25, had been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, which carries a penalty of between 20 years to life in prison. She was charged in connection with an Aug. 1, 2012, incident in which a young King George County man was stabbed and suffered a punctured lung.
A trial was scheduled for Tuesday in Fredericksburg Circuit Court, but prosecutor Jeff Adams dropped the charge in part because the victim continued to insist that Benson wasn’t the assailant.
Police responded to the Forest Village Apartments complex last year after witnesses said Benson had just stabbed a man and the man was on the way to the hospital with a friend. Police at the time described Benson, who lived at the complex, as the “occasional” girlfriend of the victim.
The victim told police at the time that he’d been robbed outside the Bragg Hill 7–Eleven and stabbed by an unknown man. But Benson was charged anyway.
Attorney Benjamin Burchett represented Benson.
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