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April 26, 2021

July 28 preliminary hearing set in Bopp murder case

Jury Beatrice Guerra, 28, of Woodbridge, faces charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.
We were retained in the case today. The facts surrounding the charges are a little unclear.
— Defense Attorney Robert L. Jenkins Jr.
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Staff Journalist
A Woodbridge woman charged in last week’s murder of a Remington man outside of his home made her first court appearance Monday.

Jury Beatrice Guerra, 28, faces charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Ms. Guerra will return to Fauquier General District Court for a July 28 preliminary hearing to determine whether probable cause exists that she committed the crimes.

If a judge makes that finding, the charges would be certified to a Fauquier County Circuit Court grand jury that will decide whether to indict Ms. Guerra.

Second-degree murder carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison and conspiracy to commit armed, daytime burglary a maximum 20 years.

The other suspect, Martin Anuar Martinez, 30, has an extensive related criminal record and remains at large.

Mr. Maritnez, 5-feet-9 and 170 pounds, “is considered armed and dangerous,” according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

Federal authorities participated in his arrest five years ago.

He faced at least 10 other charges that prosecutors dropped.

Authorities believe the victim Charles W. “Trip” Bopp, 24, got murdered when he “interrupted a daytime burglary at his residence” at 11986 Freemans Ford Road about a mile west of Remington.

Deputies responded to the report of a shooting just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22.

“Forced entry was made into the residence by the offender and the victim and sole resident’s house appeared to have been burglarized,” according to the criminal complaint against Ms. Guerra.

During a search of Mr. Bopp’s home, deputies found an IPhone that didn’t belong to him, the complaint states.

Data retrieved from the phone indicated the device belonged to Mr. Martinez, according to the document.

Text messages between Ms. Guerra and Mr. Martinez show that the defendants “conspired” to burglarize Mr. Bopp’s home, the complaint states.

Ms. Guerra, who appeared via video Monday afternoon in General District Court, remains in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without bond.

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Prince William County Police and Manassas City Police have joined the investigation of Mr. Bopp’s murder.

The victim’s father Charles W. Bopp Jr. retired Aug. 31 as a major, one of the highest-ranking members of the Fauquier sheriff’s office. Maj. Bopp previously worked as a U.S. Secret Service agent in charge after transferring from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Alexandria attorney Robert L. Jenkins Jr., who said he has represented 15 to 20 murder cases in his 26-year career, represents Ms. Guerra

“We were retained in the case today,” Mr. Jenkins said. “The facts surrounding the charges are a little unclear.”

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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