Probe Delays Release of Deeds Attack Report

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A state investigation into the events leading up to the attack on Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds was finished more than two weeks ago - but no one will be able to see it until after state police finish their work.

State Inspector General Michael Morehart says he's proud of his agency for turning around a report less than four months after the Deeds family tragedy. As for the details of that report, we'll all have to wait a little longer.

Morehart declined an on-camera interview Wednesday, but told NBC29 that he was asked by state police to hold off releasing the report until the Bath County commonwealth's attorney decides whether or not to bring criminal charges related to the tragedy.  Deeds himself would not face any potential charges.

Senator Deeds was attacked by his son, Gus, the morning of November 19, just hours after Gus was released from emergency custody due to a lack of psychiatric bed space.

“The commonwealth's attorney in Bath County has to make some calls, and he's got to...and I'm confident that it will all be within the next few days, it will all be sorted out,” said Deeds.

Deeds says he has skimmed a draft of the report, and believes the public has a right to see the results.

“When public dollars are spent, the public ought to know what the results of the investigations are,” said Deeds.

Morehart says his office chose to hold off releasing the report to avoid impeding a law enforcement investigation.  Morehart is so confident in the quality of the report, he said "if I didn't think I had done my job, I'd resign myself."

Although the report remains under wraps, Deeds says he's proud many mental health reforms are moving forward, including a four year study of Virginia’s mental health system.

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