In January, Rudy Dean was arrested and taken into custody for shooting Robert Crawford in the neck. Dean says it was self defense.
On Monday, Dean's supporters rallied in protest on Monday. They said he has been treated unfairly.
Dean's supporters said he was not in the wrong and the victim has even admitted under oath that he was the agressor. Dean is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, which is a charge with a maximum penalty of life in prison, if he is convicted.
Other supporters said this is not the first time the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office has been questioned. In 2008, former Harrisonburg City Treasurer Becky Neal pleaded guilty to misusing public funds, which she still says she did not do. Recently, Neal filed a complaint claiming the Commonwealth's attorney withheld evidence in her case
"Marsha Garst used her office and her power to silence me. The Commonwealth attorney destroyed my life and the life of my family out of petty political retribution,” said Neal.
After nearly five years of silence, she is sharing her story in hopes of change.
"The Commonwealth continues to bully and harass citizens of Rockingham County, and we all must stand up against this corruption before it happens to someone you love."