May 3, 2021
Extradited, alleged killer makes court appearance
Extradited from Pecos, Texas, murder defendant Martin Martinez got booked in the Fauquier jail Thursday night.
This is a case that shocked the community. We’re happy we were able to make the arrests so quickly.
— Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott C. Hook
The last of four defendants got arraigned Monday in Fauquier County General District Court on first-degree murder and related charges in the April 22 shooting death of a Remington man in his front yard.
Martin Anuar Martinez, 30, and Darren Nathaniel Davis, 36, both of Manassas, also face charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, armed daytime burglary and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the April 22 murder of Charles W. “Trip” Bopp III, 24.
Mr. Martinez shot and killed Mr. Bopp, who interrupted a burglary, according to the sheriff’s office.
Mr. Martinez after the murder fled to Texas, where police arrested him in the city of Pecos, about 1,700 miles from Remington, authorities said.
Extradited to Virginia, Mr. Martinez got booked late Thursday night at the Fauquier jail, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis.
At the request of the Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney, retired Judge Charles B. Foley on Monday amended the murder charge against Mr. Martinez to state that the shooting took place “in the course of a burglary.”
Mr. Martinez and Mr. Davis appeared in general district court Monday via video.
On April 29, the other two defendants in the case got arraigned in general district court:
• Jose Vidal Pereira, 31, of Manassas, faces charges of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit burglary, armed daytime burglary and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
• Jury Beatrice Guerra, 28, of Woodbridge, faces charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit burglary and armed daytime burglary.
First-degree murder carries a penalty of up to life in prison.
Mr. Pereira and Ms. Guerra also remain in jail without bond.
All four defendants will return to general district court July 28 for preliminary hearings to determine if probable cause exists that they committed the crimes.
Responding to a reported shooting just after 5:30 p.m. April 22, deputies found Mr. Bopp, a farmer, fatally wounded next to his vehicle in the front yard of his home at 11986 Freemans Ford Road west of Remington, according to the investigation.
His killer shot Mr. Bopp three times, Mr. Hook said.
The FBI and Texas police took Mr. Martinez into custody after an intense manhunt.
An April 25 “signal” search warrant explains how authorities caught Mr. Martinez.
Investigators found an iPhone during a search of Mr. Bopp’s home that didn’t belong to the victim.
“Data was contained on that phone that lead to warrants being issued for the arrest of Martin Martinez,” the document reads.
Two days after Mr. Bopp’s murder, “detectives learned that Martinez made statements to a co-defendant that he was leaving the area and traveling to Texas,” according to the warrant. “The co-defendant provided” a phone number “that Martinez was currently using.”
The warrant doesn’t identify the defendant who gave investigators that information.
“This is a case that shocked the community,” Mr. Hook said after Monday’s two arraignments. “We’re happy we were able to make the arrests so quickly.”
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