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Victoria Martens killed on day she was to celebrate her 10th bday

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by noZme, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    I cannot go there tonight.
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    WindStorm Bronze Member

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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    No words come to me. None.

    I hope the grandparents are starting to get a grip on the truth.
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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    State requests EBT card records in Victoria Martens’ murder investigation

    Could Michelle Martens’ EBT card hold a clue in the death of her 10-year-old daughter, Victoria?

    Martens, her boyfriend Fabian Gonzales, and his cousin Jessica Kelley are accused of raping and murdering the little girl last year in her westside apartment.

    The state has now filed a motion requesting the Human Services Department hand over records of all Martens’ transactions on her state-issued EBT card in the days around Victoria’s death.

    According to court documents, the state has reason to believe those EBT records are relevant to the criminal investigation.

    The Human Services Department has until Nov. 21 to hand over the records.

    Martens is scheduled to go on trial first for the murder in July.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Bombshell plea deal, murder charges dropped in Victoria Martens' case

    Shocking new developments have been released in one of the most horrific cases of child abuse in our state’s history.

    On Friday Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez announced shocking new developments in the case.

    Not only did cellphone data prove that Martens and Gonzales were not home at the time of Victoria’s death, but the DNA of an unidentified male was found on the young girl’s body.

    Investigators determined that Victoria was raped and killed sometime between 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 23rd.

    Torrez released the following timeline of events for that afternoon:

    • 4:25 p.m. Victoria Martens gets off the bus & goes home. Michelle and Fabian aren’t present at this time
    • 5:07 p.m. Michelle & Fabian return to the apartment
    • 6:05 p.m. Victoria goes to gas station with Fabian
    • 6:15 to 6:20 p.m. Victoria and Fabian return to the apartment
    • 6:30 p.m. Michelle & Fabian leave and go to Paradise Hills
    • 7:02 p.m. Michelle & Fabian return to the apartment
    • 7:05 p.m. Victoria is seen alive by neighbors
    • 7:06 p.m. Michelle and Fabian leave again
    • 7:38 p.m. Michelle and Fabian are near Rio Bravo and Coors
    • 7:59 p.m. Michelle and Fabian are seen near 5 points and Bridge
    • 8:47 p.m. Michelle and Fabian arrive at the apartment
    • 8:48 p.m. Eyewitnesses say Victoria’s body is seen being carried outside the apartment.

    So who is this fourth suspect? Simple answer is we don’t know yet.

    Lab tests concluded that the male DNA found on Victoria’s body did not belong to Gonzales. And after extensive testing they were also able to rule out any known male in Victoria’s life as well as any law enforcement officers investigating the murder.

    This new evidence has dramatically changed the charges against both Martens and Gonzales.

    On Friday, Martens plead guilty to one count of reckless child abuse resulting in death. She now faces a possible sentence of 12-15 years, Torrez said.

    Torrez has filed a motion to amend the indictment against Gonzales to get rid of the murder and sexual assault charges but keep the charges of child abuse resulting in death. Gonzales is expected to go on trial in October.

    At this point the case against Kelley remains largely unchanged. She will go on trial in January 2019.

    KOAT legal expert John Day said with the new developments, the case is back at square one.

    "We’re back to where we began, two years have gone by, two years wasted," Day said.

    Torrez also said he has authorized criminal charges against the unidentified male whose DNA was recovered on Victoria’s body.

    “We owe it to Victoria to get this right,” Torrez said.

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  6. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

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  7. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Judge rejects plea deal for suspect in Victoria Martens murder case

    It was Judge Charles Brown, however, who called the deal off based on what Kelley told the court about the night Victoria was killed.

    "Did you have any indication or idea that something was going to happen?" Judge Brown asked Kelley.

    "No, not until after...it happened," Kelley replied.

    "I can't accept a guilty plea as to count one," Judge Brown responded.

    "Count one" Judge Brown rejected was "aggravated child abuse resulting in death" — one of six charges Kelley was pleading to.

    Prosecutors and defense now agree on one story: that Kelley and Victoria Martens were at the girl's apartment two years ago.


    The judge rejected the deal, saying Kelley's admission doesn't match a child abuse resulting in death charge.

    Kelley was taken back to jail and at this point, still faces all of her original charges with a trial slated for January.

    Defense in Victoria Martens murder case will argue Jessica Kelley killed her

    Fabian Gonzales has been re-indicted on charges related to the murder of Victoria Martens.
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  8. Chelly

    Chelly New Member

    I follow this case and will continue to do so. It makes me crazy and breaks my heart. I'm afraid people will loose interest and poor Victoria Martens will be forgotten. What a horrible way to die.
  9. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    :welcome: Chelly
    Investigation into fourth Martens suspect ‘has stalled’
    • By: Katy Barnitz / Journal Staff Writer
    • 3 days ago
    Victoria Martens

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    Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal

    Two detectives assigned full time to the Victoria Martens homicide case will begin work on unrelated investigations after attempts to identify an elusive fourth suspect have stalled, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

    “In the absence of Jessica Kelley’s continued cooperation following the District Court’s rejection of her plea agreement, the investigation into the unidentified male has stalled,” Michael Patrick, DA’s Office spokesman, said in a statement. “Detectives will continue to work any new leads that are developed, but it is our understanding that they will also support other investigations.”
    In September, Kelley had been set to plead guilty to multiple charges under an agreement that required her to testify at related trials and to offer statements to authorities. District Attorney Raúl Torrez said then that her cooperation was critically important to the state’s investigation into the well-dressed stranger that Kelley says killed the 10-year-old girl. But Judge Charles Brown rejected the plea, saying he was not presented with enough evidence that Kelley committed the crimes to which she was pleading.

    Gilbert Gallegos, spokesman for APD, said the detectives “hit a critical point” in their investigation into the mystery suspect and expressed to their supervisors that they “felt like they could be doing additional work (in other cases) while they wait for these new leads.”

    “They’re still on the case – they’ll still be prepared to go forward if they develop new leads,” he said. “A new lead could come in any number of ways.”
    City spokeswoman Alicia Manzano said in an email Monday that the city is “committed to seeing the case through to the end,” but the police department is “also working on other crimes throughout the city, and needs to make the best use of resources, including detective time.”

    Kelley is set for trial next month; her attorney declined to comment on the development.

    But the announcement came as no surprise to Steve Aarons, the Santa Fe attorney who is representing Kelley’s cousin and co-defendant, Fabian Gonzales.
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  10. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    The fourth suspect is a figment of Jessica Kelley’s imagination, just one more false statement to avoid life in prison for her murder of Victoria Martens,” he wrote in an email.

    Baby sitter high on meth

    Kelley said during a September hearing that she was high on meth and baby-sitting Victoria when a man she did not know walked in and killed the girl. Prosecutors said he then told Kelley to clean up the mess or she and her children would be next. Prosecutors say the child was killed in an act of retaliation after Gonzales made threats to members of a rival gang.
    When police were called to the Martens family’s apartment on the West Side hours later, they found the child’s body burning in a bathtub. Kelley and Gonzales, who was dating Victoria’s mother at the time, are accused of dismembering the girl.

    Michelle Martens, the child’s mother, has pleaded guilty to various crimes and faces up to 15 years in prison. Contrary to early accounts of the crime, prosecutors say neither she nor Gonzales was at the apartment at the time of Victoria’s death.

    Kelley had been expected to plead guilty to child abuse resulting in death and lesser charges, and she faced nearly 50 years in prison.

    But Brown said he would not accept that agreement, saying there was no indication that Kelley knew or should have known that the person who entered the apartment intended to kill the child.

    In a press conference shortly after that hearing, Torrez suggested that the rejection would harm his office’s ability to prosecute remaining suspects and to identify the fourth one. And Gallegos said Monday that if Kelley were to accept another plea agreement, detectives could wind up with new leads.

    At trial, she faces numerous charges, including murder and child abuse resulting in death.

    Detectives ‘disappeared’

    Monday’s announcement regarding the investigation comes after the two APD detectives working the case cleared out their workspace at the DA’s Office on Thursday night and left their key cards behind without first notifying prosecutors, Patrick said Friday.

    “There’s no reason for it. They’ve been investigating this case for the better part of two years,” Patrick said. “Suddenly they’ve – without notice or even a phone call – they’ve disappeared.”

    They had been working in a shared space with the DA’s Office, focusing solely on the Martens case.

    Gallegos said that night that the detectives received permission from their supervisors “to work on additional investigations in the department while the prosecution wraps up its trial work in this case.” He said detectives would be available to pursue new leads as they arise.

    By Saturday morning, Patrick said he had been told by APD leadership that “the two detectives will be back on Monday.”

    “It doesn’t appear that the mayor knew that they had been pulled,” Patrick wrote in a text.

    Patrick sent an email Monday afternoon acknowledging the detectives would be working other cases as well.

    Journal staff writer Matt Reisen contributed to this report.
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    spike Bronze Member

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