Shooting defendant prevails on bail appeal

By Joe Beck

WOODSTOCK — A Woodstock man accused of shooting another man may be released from jail after Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected an appeal from the prosecution Wednesday that the defendant remain held without bail.

Daniel Edward Windle, 29, of 229 Lakeview Drive, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding and using a firearm in commission of a felony. Authorities accuse Windle of firing a 9mm caliber handgun at Julio Angel Torres and wounding him in the upper right chest and shoulder area.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office called the wound life threatening. Torres was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and later to Winchester Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery, according to court documents.

Hupp declined to change an earlier bail of $10,000 secured bond set for Windle in General District Court. Windle’s attorney, Charles Ramsey, said in an interview after the hearing that he believed Windle would be able to raise the money.

Hupp ordered the case returned to General District Court for further proceedings.

Ramsey argued at Tuesday’s hearing that Windle fired the gun only after Torres followed Windle home some time after the two had gotten into a dispute at a nearby location.

“Mr. Torres then threatened to kill him and repeatedly kicked on the door,” Ramsey said in describing the scene at Windle’s home. Ramsey added that Windle’s children were home at the time, and Windle warned Torres to leave the property before firing a single shot at Torres.

Ramsey also repeated a statement from the criminal complaint against Windle that Torres had thrown a rock or similar object through the front window of the Windle residence prior to the shooting.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski said Torres had not yet been interviewed but Ramsey said he doubted the victim could provide much information about his side of the story.

“The victim was very intoxicated and probably has a fuzzy recollection as to what happened,” Ramsey told Hupp.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com