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Official Investigating Creigh Deeds’ Attack Resigns

Posted: Updated: Mar 18, 2014 03:04 PM

Three months after the Senator Creigh Deeds family tragedy turned rural Bath County upside down, the man leading the state investigation is resigning from his post, saying his superiors altered the Deeds report.

Douglas Bevelacqua tendered his resignation to Governor Terry McAuliffe over the weekend. It is in his resignation letter that he says his findings in the Deeds case were changed in such a way that they "diminish the report's usefulness."

One such change concerns a previous report by the office of the state inspector general in 2012, aimed at reducing the number of people "streeted" - or denied treatment - while in mental health crisis. Bevelacqua wrote in his original report that, had mental health officials taken timely action on those recommendations, the Deeds tragedy most likely would have had a different outcome. That was removed from the report, Bevelacqua says, because his superiors deemed it "too speculative."

“Certainly, I'd be very disappointed if it turns out the report is sanitized somehow. For better or for worse, the truth needs to win out,” said Deeds.

Bevelacqua says if it were up to him he would have issued the Deeds report weeks ago, and it would have contained other removed conclusions deemed "speculative" or "too emotional."

Deeds has not reviewed any portion of the report, but says he is disappointed by the resignation.

State Inspector General Michael Morehart declined to respond to Bevelacqua's claims, saying he cannot discuss personnel matters.

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