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Suspect in standoff faces Fredericksburg hearing

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By KEITH EPPS

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 26 for a man facing 13 felony charges in connection with a six-hour standoff last week at a Fredericksburg apartment complex.

Michael Allen Bailey, 50, is accused of shooting 52-year-old Richard Dovidio Oct. 31 after forcing his way into Dovidio’s home at the Commons at Cowan Boulevard. He is also accused of breaking into another neighbor’s home prior to the shooting and stealing the gun used to shoot Dovidio.

More shots were fired during the ensuing standoff, but no one else was injured. Bailey was finally arrested early Nov. 1 after he gave himself up.

Both he and Dovidio were treated for various injuries at Mary Washington Hospital, but both have since been released from the hospital. Bailey is being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Michael Allen Bailey

His preliminary hearing will take place in Fredericksburg General District Court. Court records show that he is being represented by attorney Phillip Sasser.

It was not clear what led to the conflict between Bailey and Dovidio that night, but court records show it was the third time in just more than a year that disputes involving the two men have ended up in city courts.

Both men were arrested in June and charged with assault and battery on each other, court records show. Police reports indicate that the men got into an argument in the parking lot of the apartment complex, then carried the dispute into the nearby woods.

The men gave differing stories on what happened in the woods, and the charges against both were later dismissed.

In September of last year, both men were again charged with assaulting each other following an incident that occurred while police say they were watching television and drinking together in Bailey’s apartment. Those charges were also dropped.

The current charges facing Bailey include two counts of burglary, malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding of a police officer and four counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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