SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — On Tuesday, a woman stabbed in Suffolk back in April faced her alleged attacker in court.
Police believe Shelton Deloatch is the man who stabbed Alexus Philips outside her home on that spring night. Phillips said it took help from police and neighbors to identify him.
Two months have passed since 10 On Your Side first talked to Alexus Phillips. That day, Phillips told our cameras about the horrific night.
“It’s been hard. It’s just been on my mind,” Phillips said. “I’m traumatized still.”
Inside a Suffolk courtroom Tuesday morning, she recounted the events for a judge. She said the attacker came up behind her, cut her and stabbed her. She said it was like a fight for her life.
“It would just play back in my head. I could just see it happen all over again,” she said.
Phillips said at the time, she didn’t know the name of her attacker. She remembered his face, his dreadlocks, and his glasses all under a hood. With help from neighbors and a police lineup, she identified him as 56-year-old Shelton Deloatch.
“It was hard just seeing him,” she said about the court appearance. “I just got the feeling like, it’s hard to (see him).”
They both appeared in court for Deloatch’s preliminary hearing. A Suffolk judge certified his charges and will set a future date for a trial.
Outside the courtroom, Alexus Phillips walked, supported by her family. While her wounds have slowly healed, some pain lingers.
“Where he stabbed me on the back of my head, I still have a nerve that gives me bad pain,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like a headache.”
She hopes the start of the trial is the beginning of the end of her trauma.