Shooting case may be nearing a plea

Brandon Cline

WOODSTOCK – The attorney for a Mount Jackson man accused of shooting his father told Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday that a plea agreement is in sight.

Varinder Dhillon of Harrisonburg asked for another court date at which he hopes to submit a resolution on behalf of his client, Brandon Michael Cline, 21.

“I believe we will have an agreement reached by that time,” Dhillon told Hupp.

Hupp set another court date for 9 a.m. Nov. 16.

Cline is charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of burglary and malicious assault. The charges stem from an incident in February that left Cline’s father, Michael Cline, 52, with a gunshot wound in the cheek. He was shot at his residence at 1809 Dodson Road.

Michael Cline was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg and later to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville where he was later released.

Authorities say Brandon Cline fired a gun into his father’s residence from outside the building.

Court records say deputies found a bullet hole in a window at the residence during their investigation.

Authorities also say they found several guns at the defendant’s residence in the hours after the shooting.

A small caliber rifle that authorities believe to have been connected to the shooting was also found days later in a pond several miles away from Michael Cline’s residence.

Law enforcement officials have given no motive for the shooting.

Brandon Cline remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

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