Va. Murder Linked to Rage Over Speed Bump

September 14, 2010

A long-running dispute over installation of a speed bump in a residential neighborhood fueled a confrontation that resulted in murder charges against a Fairfax County man.

Police said Monday that they have charged 44-year-old David
Patton with murder. According to news reports and court documents, Patton had been angered by the victim's advocacy for a speed bump on a residential street in the Burke section of Fairfax County.

The victim, 48-year-old Stephen Carr, died of an apparent gunshot wound. He successfully urged the county to install the speed bump in front of his home, to the dismay of some neighbors.

Patton had been scheduled to stand trial this week for misdemeanor assault against Carr stemming from a confrontation earlier this year.

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