Davids House murder suspect being evaluated


First Posted: 6/13/2009

DOBSON A resident of Davids House in Dobson charged in the May death of another resident has been moved to a mental health facility for re-evaluation.
Daniel Julian East, 55, of Davids House at 711 W. Atkins St., was moved this week from the Surry County Detention Center where he was under a $2 million bond and was charged with second-degree murder for the death of Jeremiah Daniel Love, 27. The charge may be upgraded to first-degree murder following the outcome of the mental evaluation, Dobson Police Chief Shawn Myers said Friday afternoon. He said the evaluation was a request on the behalf of Easts attorney and agreed to by the Surry County District Attorneys office.
An investigation is also under way in reference to the handling of the death by personnel working at the facility, Myers said. He said Loves family is also calling for an investigation of their sons death and possible misinformation given by staff working at the facility at the time of the incident.
The chief said Loves family contacted his department a day after the May 21 incident, because they did not believe the account Davids House officials had given them. East apparently admitted to striking Love with a cane several times in the head, arm and shoulder. Davids House officials originally told the police that Love had been in an altercation with East, but had fled, falling over some bicycles and striking an air conditioning unit before hitting the back of his head on a concrete porch, Myers said.
Love died four days after the alleged attack at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center with injuries to the right side of his head, which is in keeping with Easts account of the attack, Myers said. The police chief also said video of the incident also seemed to support Easts contention that he allegedly struck Love in the head with his cane.
East was arrested on the day that Love died on an unrelated charge after he allegedly threatened to beat a Davids House employee with his cane, Myers said. He was charged with communicating threats.
An autopsy on May 26 ruled Loves death a homicide, and warrants were issued charging East with second-degree murder on May 29.
East has a criminal history, having served time for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault on a female, driving while impaired and driving without a license, Myers said.

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