A man awaiting trial on a murder charge now stands accused of fighting with a fellow inmate at the regional jail in Warren County last month.
David Glynn Hoyle Jr. remains held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of the felony. Hoyle, 33, faces trial on Feb. 11.
Authorities issued court summonses to Hoyle and Jose M. Martinez-Rosario with misdemeanor assault, accusing the inmates of fighting in the jail on Aug. 17. A judge found Martinez-Rosario guilty in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Feb. 12 of attempted second-degree murder and brandishing a firearm. The judge sentenced Martinez-Rosario to serve 12 months in jail on the firearm charge and 10 years in a state penitentiary with seven years suspended for attempted murder. Martinez-Rosario is serving out his sentence at the regional jail until such time as the state Department of Corrections transfers him to one of its facilities.
Hoyle and Martinez-Rosario are classified as maximum-security inmates given the seriousness of their charges or offenses, RSW Regional Jail Superintendent Russ Gilkison said Wednesday. He added that both inmates are housed in the same unit. The classification, he said, does not warrant keeping such inmates segregated.
“It’s not just our jail, but jails and prisons as a whole. We’re really trying to get away from segregation of people,” Gilkison said. “Putting them in isolation, it’s kind of been shown that really can be detrimental to someone’s mental health, exasperating a problem that may already be there anyway. We try not to do that.
“There are times when we do have to put people in isolation,” Gilkison added. “Typically, that’s after they’ve been involved in an incident like this. They can be charged criminally and be charged in-house. I’m pretty sure (the inmates) were charged with that in here and I’m sure they probably both did receive some time in isolation as well, though we try to do that for short periods of time, try to keep people more in a general population-type housing to where they can have that social interaction and to be able to have some liberties to make phone calls to stay in touch with their families.”
The inmates will not be housed together at this point, Gilkison said.
“Once they’ve been involved in an assault like that, we put them on a … keep-separate list and then they’re housed separately,” Gilkison said. “They can’t be in the same transport vehicle together or they’re not in the same programs together at that point.”
Hoyle stands accused of shooting and killing 58-year-old Warren Howard Ramsey on the night of March 27, 2017 in their Grand Avenue home in Front Royal. Martinez-Rosario was convicted of threatening to kill his brother with a firearm.
Hoyle and Martinez-Rosario had their first appearances in Warren County General District Court on Wednesday. A judge scheduled the defendants’ next appearances for Oct. 17.
RSW Regional Jail Sgt. Kevin L. McIntyre issued summonses to the inmates Aug. 27 charging each with misdemeanor assault. McIntyre states in a memorandum dated Aug. 17 that while making the rounds he checked on an officer station and came in contact with Officer Brandon Darr. The officer told McIntyre he was taking Hoyle to the medical area upon the instructions of Capt. Joshua Jacobson. McIntyre states he assisted in taking Hoyle to the medical area and, along the way, noticed the inmate had a bruised, swollen left eye. McIntyre states he asked Hoyle what happened. Hoyle told McIntyre he slipped and fell when he tried to cover the camera in the cell so he could use the bathroom, the memorandum states. McIntyre states he told Hoyle he would have to look at the camera footage to see what happened.
Once at the medical area, Jacobson asked Hoyle several times what happened to his eye. Hoyle reiterated his story. Jacobson advised that they would review camera footage and this was Hoyle’s last opportunity to tell the truth. Hoyle said he told the truth and demanded they return him to his pod. Jacobson said Hoyle would instead need to go to intake until they complete the investigation. Jacobson then took Hoyle to intake.
McIntyre and Jacobson reviewed camera footage and saw that shortly after 9:30 a.m. Aug. 17, Hoyle entered Martinez-Rosario’s cell for approximately three minutes, the memorandum states. The footage shows several inmates staring into the cell and shadows moving quickly inside. Martinez-Rosario leaves his cell at approximately 9:35 a.m. and Hoyle exits a minute later and walks into the recreation area. Footage shows bruising on Hoyle’s left eye, the memorandum states.
McIntyre took Martinez-Rosario to the medical area to see a nurse. Martinez-Rosario admitted to nurse Lindsay Hedricks that there was a fight between himself and Hoyle, McIntyre states. Martinez-Rosario said Hoyle entered his cell and swung at him first, adding that the fight was over Martinez-Rosario’s girlfriend and about her coming to see Hoyle during visitation Aug. 18.
McIntyre states he asked Martinez-Rosario if he wanted to press charges on Hoyle and he said yes. McIntyre took Martinez-Rosario out of the medical area after cleared by the nurse. Jacobson and McIntyre later spoke to Hoyle and explained that a physical altercation occurred between himself and Martinez-Rosario. McIntyre states that Hoyle reiterated his story of slipping and falling. McIntyre took Hoyle back to housing.
Jacobson submitted a memorandum dated Aug. 22 regarding the incident between the inmates. Jacobson states he noticed the bruising on Hoyle’s left eye while reviewing camera footage Aug. 17. Jacobson states that he had officers bring Hoyle to the medical area and asked about the bruised eye. Hoyle stated he slipped and fell and hit his head on the rail in his cell. Jacobson states he explained that was unlikely and that he would check the camera footage.
While checking the footage, Jacobson states he saw Martinez-Rosario come out of his cell at approximately 9:32 a.m., take something off the dayroom table near the stairs and he threw it by the toilet before returning to his cell. Hoyle came out of his cell, asked where the item went and goes into Martinez-Rosario’s cell. At this time it appears a fight took place in the cell, Jacobson states.
Jacobson recalls that he talked to Martinez-Rosario in the medical area, told him he knew about the fight and asked why it happened. Martinez-Rosario said Hoyle was talking about his girlfriend and he did not like that, Jacobson states. Martinez-Rosario said they argued and Hoyle called him out to fight, the memorandum states. Martinez-Rosario said Hoyle came into his cell and hit him in the nose. Martinez-Rosario fought off Hoyle, striking him in the eye.
Jacobson later talked to Hoyle, who asked why he was picking on him and repeated his story. Jacobson asked McIntyre to take Hoyle for pre-disciplinary segregation and charge both inmates with fighting.