Shooting case dropped, but maybe not for long

WOODSTOCK – The dropping of charges Friday against a town resident accused of shooting another man is likely to be only a temporary break for the defendant.

Daniel Edward Windle, 29, of 229 Lakeview Drive, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and using a firearm while committing a felony. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristen Zalenski dropped both charges in Shenandoah County General District Court, but indicated the case against Windle could be revived before a Circuit Court grand jury scheduled to meet Wednesday.

Prosecutors often voluntarily drop charges in general district court, but restart the case with a grand jury indictment in Circuit Court.

Windle’s attorney, Charles Ramsey of Woodstock, said after the hearing that he expects his client to be facing the same charges soon in Circuit Court. But Ramsey said he is confident his client will be acquitted, although he doesn’t expect the prosecution to give up.

“I’m hopeful these charges will go away, but not with the prosecution’s consent,” Ramsey said.

Windle, who is out on bail, is accused of shooting Julio Angel Torres with a 9mm handgun around Windle’s home in early October.

Authorities say Torres suffered a life threatening wound to the upper right chest and shoulder and had to undergo emergency surgery at Winchester Medical Center after the shooting.

Ramsey said at an earlier bail hearing that his client fired the gun after Torres threatened to kill him and repeatedly kicked on the door to the Windle home. Windle warned Torres repeatedly to leave the property, Ramsey said.

The confrontation began with a dispute between the two men at a location near Windle’s home, Ramsey said.

Ramsey also accused Torres of throwing a rock or similar object through the front window of Windle’s home during the confrontation between the two men leading up to the shooting.

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