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Christiansburg sword case moves to grand jury

Christiansburg sword case moves to grand jury


CHRISTIANSBURG — The case of a man accused of trying to end a situation he didn’t like in his house with a sword — and in the process, wounding one of the people involved — will go to a grand jury, a Montgomery County judge said Tuesday.

At a short hearing in General District Court, Raymond Joseph Carter, 38, and his attorney Courtney Roberts of Blacksburg agreed that there was sufficient evidence to send on his case. Judge Randal Duncan certified a charge of aggravated malicious wounding, meaning grand jurors will review the prosecution’s outline of the case and decide if it merits trying Carter in the county’s Circuit Court.

Carter is accused of injuring his brother’s best friend, Ethan Reid, 22, with a Japanese katana-style sword that he drew during an Aug. 7 incident at the Christiansburg residence he shared with his mother and grandfather.

According to a prosecutor at an earlier hearing in the case, Carter told police that he got home from work and was upset to find his brother and Reid hanging out and apparently using drugs. Carter said he went to his bedroom and got the sword, then brought the unsheathed blade to the living room where Reid and his brother were and told them to leave, according to testimony.

The pair didn’t immediately exit and Carter tried to swat Reid with the flat of the sword’s blade, the prosecutor said. But Reid ended up with cuts on his abdomen and in two places on his arm.

Carter’s brother was unhurt in the incident.

At the earlier hearing, it was said that Reid spent three days in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and had to have staples used to close the cut to his stomach.

Denied a bond initially, Carter was granted bail on Aug. 18 and was released from jail pending resolution of his charge.

In a separate incident last week, Carter’s brother, Kade Dominic Carter, 21, of Christiansburg, was charged with malicious wounding after also allegedly stabbing a man. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 15 for a preliminary hearing on that count and on a charge of possessing a Schedule I or II drug.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt wrote in an email that the brothers’ cases were unrelated and that the wounding charge against Kade Carter involved a different weapon.

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