Homicide

Martinez still not competent to stand trial

Martinez still not competent to stand trial

A deaf and mute illegal immigrant accused of the murder of a James City County teen remains incompetent to stand trial after a hearing on Friday.

Oswaldo Elias Martinez is accused of raping, beating and strangling to death 16-year-old Brittany Binger in James City County on Jan. 2, 2005.

He has never stood trial because he cannot speak or write. At the time of the crime, Martinez had never been taught Spanish, English or American Sign Language, according to Williamsburg-James City County court documents.

Central State Hospital workers worked with Martinez for eight years, trying to teach him American Sign Language, but he remains "unrestorably incompetent"...

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