Charges dropped in stabbing
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Apr 4, 2014, 09:34
CHESTERFIELD — A Virginia State University student who stabbed another student in October during a homecoming event was had his charges dismissed in Chesterfield County Circuit Court.
Kemal Jackson-Hinton, 22, of Fort Washington, Md., was originally charged with aggravated assault after he stabbed Bernard Garner, of Petersburg, during a series of fights that broke out at a bazaar for student groups on VSU’s campus on Oct. 16.
The prosecution amended the felony charge to a misdemeanor assault and battery charge which was dismissed in court on March 24, according to court records.
The case was settled through “concordant satisfaction,” where Jackson-Hinton agreed to pay the medical bills and lost wages related to Garner’s injury in return for having the charge dropped against him, according to Cary Bowen, Jackson-Hinton’s attorney.
Court records indicate that Garner “has received satisfaction for his injury” and that he “desire[d] to have dismissed the prosecution against the defendant.”
Jackson-Hinton also paid all of the court costs associated with the case, according to court documents.
Garner, along with several other witnesses, identified Jackson-Hinton as the attacker, according to court documents.
Jackson-Hinton, who turned himself into the police following the incident, stabbed Garner with a six-inch blade in the left upper thigh, a wound that was five centimeters deep and required two stitches, according to court records.
Several hundred people were at the event on University Avenue when the incident started around 5:45 p.m.
Jackson-Hinton, who was a senior English major as of October, has been to see the judicial board at VSU, however any action taken will be kept private, said Thomas Reed, the director of university relations.