Aug 5, 2013 6:20 PM
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Department arrested 27-year-old Jason Dunn last Friday and charged him for the attempted murder of his father, 59-year-old Gregory Dunn on June 17 of this year. Jason Dunn faced arraignment in a Shasta County Superior Court 1:30 p.m. this afternoon where he entered a plea of not guilty.
The story made regional and some national headlines when it was revealed responding officers found Jason Dunn had severed his own hands with a radial saw after allegedly assaulting his father with a pair of scissors. His father has since recovered from his injuries and has been released from the hospital. The Redding Record Searchlight reported Dunn appeared in court today "with his hands which have been reattached heavily, bandaged."
The Redding Record Searchlight reported Dunn appeared in court today "with his hands which have been reattached heavily, bandaged."
Sgt. Brian Jackson of the Redding Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit told Action News Now the arrest was made months after the incident because they wanted to take time to put a complete case together. Jackson also stated arresting Jason while he was in recovery at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto would have further complicated the case.
On June 17, a stabbing was reported at 21066 Scheer Drive in Redding. Responding deputies arrived to a grisly scene. The victim, Gregory Dunn, was lying in the driveway with multiple stab wounds. Jason Dunn was found standing in the driveway with both of his hands severed at the wrists. Both Jason and Gregory Dunn were initially transported to area hospitals for treatment. Statements taken by witnesses at the scene indicated Jason allegedly stabbed his father during a verbal altercation.
It was eventually determined by detectives that Jason reportedly stabbed his father multiple times with a pair of scissors, then proceeded to severe his own hands off with a radial arm-type saw found on the property.
Jackson indicated a tox-screen was issued for Jason Dunn, but the results of that test have yet to come back from the Department of Justice. Jason Dunn’s next trial date is August 14.