Bench trial set in attempted murder case

Jose Martinez-Rosario

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Wednesday set a bench trial for Jan. 19 in the case of a local man accused of trying to shoot his brother in the head.

Jose M. Martinez-Rosario, 46, was indicted in September on attempted second-degree murder and brandishing a firearm. Court documents say that on June 10, the defendant held a pistol to his brother’s head and said, “I am going to kill you,” before pulling the trigger. Authorities also say that when the gun malfunctioned and the magazine fell to the floor, Martinez-Rosario struck his brother in the head with the pistol while trying to fix the malfunction.

Martinez-Rosario waived his right to a jury trial at Wednesday’s hearing, and pleaded not guilty to both charges. Allison Neal — who stood in for Martinez-Rosario’s attorney Michael Araj — and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola agreed that the charges can be combined for the trial. Campola also requested an additional interpreter for the victim in this case.

Martinez-Rosario remains in custody at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.