Culpeper County: Whatâ??s up on the court docket?

The Culpeper Circuit Court met three times the week of Feb. 9 and in the process 48 defendants came before the court. Some defendants faced more than one charge. There were 95 separate cases processed.

The following are highlights of the three days:

The Feb. 9 session of Circuit Court processed a total of 41 actions, or cases, involving 26 defendants. Of that number, 15 actions were continued to another date. Another two were continued because the defendant could not be found. Nine actions were dismissed or nolle prossed.

The jury trial of Juan Pedro Martinez-Filguera was moved from Feb. 9 to May 1, 2015. He stands charged with forcible rape, strangulation/wounding, protection order violation, abduction with intent to defile and damage to a phone line to prevent 911 calls. He was arrested last year, Jan. 17, 2014, for the charges. The Feb. 9, 2015 trial date had been reserved since Nov. 24 of last year.

Pernell Davis faced three charges Feb. 9: 18.2-248 possession with intent to manufacture or distribute illegal drugs, possession of marijuana, first offence, in violation of 18.2-250.1 and driving on a revoked license, 46.2-301. All three charges entered the circuit court Feb.. 18, 2014 based on an arrest date in November 2013 according to the Virginia Courts Case Information System. All three charges were dismissed. Feb. 9 had been the third time the case came before the court for trial.

Timothy Michael Veltoven got tagged with a felony drug violation of 18.2-248 in a bench trial. He is scheduled for sentencing on the conviction April 14, 2015.

The following day, Feb. 10, the court processed 24 actions involving nine defendants. Eleven cases were continued to another date.

Nicholas C. Pullen had earlier pled guilty to a felony drug violation under 18.2-250. He picked up a sentence of eight years with eight years suspended and a $500 fine with a six month suspension of his driverâ??s license.

The final day of criminal actions in Circuit Court saw 20 actions and 13 defendants processed. Six cases were continued.

Kendra Bryant pled guilty to a felony charge of Witness bribery in violation of 18.2-441.1.

Joshua Vernon Cubbage was before the court on four charges. He pled guilty to a felony charge of grand larceny not from the person and picked up a sentence of 10 years with nine years nine months suspended. In a second charge he originally was accused of auto theft grand larceny, however Cubbage pled to the lesser charge of petit larceny and picked up a 12 month sentence. A probation violation charge garnered Cubbage another two year six month sentence with all but nine months suspended. Finally, a felony failure to appear charge was nolle prossed by the Commonwealthâ??s Attorney.

Gary Close is a freelance contributor with the Culpeper Times. You may reach him at