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Judge receives transcripts before making ruling in capital rape, murder case

Judge receives transcripts before making ruling in capital rape, murder case

A circuit court judge received $425 in transcripts related to the case of a deaf and mute man accused of raping and killing a James City teenager more than 11 years ago.

Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Judge William H. Shaw, III, received 50 pages of transcripts that detail an April hearing for Oswaldo Elias Martinez.

Martinez is a 45-year-old, illegal immigrant from El Salvador who is accused of beating, raping and strangling Brittany Binger, 16, on Jan. 2, 2005, according to documents from Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

Martinez cannot hear or speak and had no formal language training at the time of the crime. He was receiving...

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