Jurors presented with physical evidence in El Paso man’s double murder trial
POSTED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:46pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:35pm
Day 3 of Christian Martinez’s murder trial; accused of killing East El Paso mother and daughter
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A bloody tank top, running pants, and socks were just some of the items presented to the jury in Christian Martinez’s double murder trial. Martinez is accused of the stabbing deaths of mother and daughter Amalia and Jovana Flores, respectively.
The pink tank top, drenched in what investigators say is Jovana’s blood, was showcased to the jury in the 210th District Court Thursday morning. The 20-year-old victim’s socks and running pants were also displayed.
On the stand, Officer Martin Martinez with the El Paso Police Department took the jury through other items collected from the murder scene on Pratt Street in East El Paso. Martinez declared he was one of the crime scene technicians who collected evidence from what has been described as a ‘bloody crime scene’. On the stand, Officer Martinez claimed the house had ‘lots of physical evidence’ including at least three knives with ‘what appeared to be blood’. The jury was presented with the knives, as well.
A serrated knife from the 58-year-old victim, Amalia Flores’s bedroom, was also shown. Two other knives were shown, including a cargo knife collected from the kitchen counter, just feet away from where Amalia’s body was found.
As we’ve reported, Martinez is accused of stabbing Amalia and Jovana to death after Jovana jogged past him in her East El Paso neighborhood. If convicted, prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The murder trial continues in Judge Gonzalo Garcia’s courtroom in the 210th District Court. Kay Recede will continue Thursday’s coverage and will deliver the latest in a live report at 5 and 6 pm.