Jury finds Christian Martinez guilty of capital murder
POSTED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 4:17pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:12pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — UPDATE: A El Paso Jury has found Christian Martinez' guilty of Capital Murder. It took the jury nine hours of deliberation to reach the verdict.
The punishment phase of the trial will resume Friday morning, where the jury will have to decide between life in prison or the death penalty.
WEDNESDAY: The jury in an El Paso man’s double murder trial has been sequestered for the night. Jurors in Christian Martinez’s murder trial deliberated for nine hours before Judge Gonzalo Garcia decided to keep the jury sequestered in a nearby hotel Wednesday night.
Martinez is accused of stabbing two complete strangers to death. A mother and daughter -- after following the daughter as she was jogging to their East El Paso home. The courtroom has been packed for much of Wednesday as jurors heard closing arguments from both defense and prosecutors.
The defendant has shown very little emotion, often staring down at the ground throughout the trial.
As we've reported, he has been accused of killing 20-year-old Jovana Flores and her mother, 58-year-old Amalia Flores in their East El Paso home on Pratt Avenue. Then, investigators say, he tried to kill himself after the murder.
Defense attorneys argued their client is not guilty by reason of insanity but prosecutors argue otherwise. Detectives who investigated the murder say the home was ‘bloody’. During the trial, jurors saw video and pictures of the home back on January 28, 2011 with blood on the floors and walls of the Flores's home.
If convicted, prosecutors have said they want the death penalty for Christian Martinez. Trial resumes Thursday morning.