Murder victim’s daughter to 911 Operator: ‘They’re gone, ma’am, they’re gone’


POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 1:55pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 10:40am

Day two of Christian Martinez’s double murder trial began with opening testimony from 20-year-old Jovana Flores’s sister and 58-year-old Amalia Flores’s daughter, Nallely Galindo.

Galindo told jurors Wednesday morning that she walked into the East El Paso home on January 28, 2011 to find Jovana and Amalia’s bodies inside the home. Jovana and Amalia were mother and daughter.

Galindo described the grisly scene as bloody and claimed that she found the defendant, Christian Martinez in her mother, Amalia’s bed. She said she shook the defendant who did not respond. She immediately went into the living room where the Flores’s bodies lie.

She described Amalia as lying on the floor with a blanket covering her body, eyes were open and blood all over her body. She also claimed she saw a gash on her mother’s face and stab wounds all over her body.

“I lost it,” Galindo told the court. She was the woman who called 911 to report the crime.

The next witness, Ophelia Aranda, was the 911 operator who took Galindo's call. Jurors listened in to the call that was made as Galindo could be heard frantically describing the scene, crying, breathing hard, and screaming, “Oh my God!” At one point during the call she told Aranda, “They’re gone, ma’am, they’re gone.”

Jurors also saw video evidence of the murder scene when Sergeant Alfred Briones with the El Paso Police Department took the stand. Blood was smeared throughout the home, the bodies lay on the ground, Jovana still in her running clothes and Amalia partially covered by a blanket, and a knife on the kitchen counter was also captured in the video.

Christian Martinez is accused of killing Jovana and Amalia to death by stabbing them. As we’ve reported, Martinez was upset after Jovana jogged past him, followed her to her home on Pratt Avenue then stabbed Jovana and Amalia. He then tried to commit suicide by cutting his left arm. First responders who took the stand on Wednesday described the cut as severe, so much so, that he almost cut his left hand off completely.

Martinez is facing the death penalty in this case. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

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Reading this was a very frustrating experience. With all due respect, this article is poorly written. The first paragraph is one of the worst I have ever read. I am not a journalist, nor an English major, but I do know that when you spend more time trying to guess what the author meant than focusing on the story itself then there is a problem. It wouldn't hurt to edit once in a while. This is terrible.

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