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Ruling to be made in James City capital rape, murder case

Ruling to be made in James City capital rape, murder case

A written ruling penned by a circuit court judge will decide the fate of a deaf and mute man accused of raping and killing a James City teenager more than 11 years ago.

At a Friday hearing in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court, substitute Judge William Shaw said he will soon decide if it is medically appropriate for Oswaldo Elias Martinez, 45, to remain institutionalized at Central State Hospital, of if he will become a free man.

Shaw did not did not give a timeline for when he plans to submit his ruling to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

Martinez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is accused of beating, raping and strangling Brittany Binger, 16,...

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