Julian Dawkins murder: Craig Patterson back in court August 6

Patterson is accused of shooting Julian Dawkins to death in late May. Photo: Alexandria Police

The Arlington County Sheriff's deputy accused of shooting and killing a 22-year-old man in Alexandria last month will appear in court for his preliminary hearing in August.

An Alexandria judge on Friday scheduled Craig Patterson's initial hearing for August 6. He stands accused in the murder of Julian Dawkins, who was shot to death on Lynhaven Street in Alexandria on May 22.

The 44-year-old Patterson, a 17-year veteran of the Arlington County Sheriff's Office, was arrested more than a week after the shooting. He was immediately placed on unpaid leave after being charged with first-degree murder.

Police say that Patterson and Dawkins got into an argument in the early morning hours of May 22, during which Patterson, who was off duty, said, "I'll be back." He then allegedly returned and opened fire on Dawkins.

Dawkins, a T.C. Williams High School graduate, had been working as a shuttle driver for the PBS NewsHour since 2010.

Patterson's attorney says that his client has no previous criminal record.