As a teen, Jessica Kelley assaulted her family, school employee

Jen French
October 04, 2016 10:25 PM

For the privacy of the domestic violence victims, KOB has chosen to not name them in this story.


4 Investigates dug into Jessica Kelley’s volatile past—long before she allegedly helped torture and murder 10-year-old Victoria Martens.

According to Kelley’s juvenile record obtained exclusively by 4 Investigates, she assaulted a school employee in 1998 when she was only 13. She spent no time at a juvenile detention center for that incident—instead she agreed to stay out of trouble for six months.

According to civil court records, Kelley had her first daughter when she was 16 years old with Noah Gonzales. The two married, but quickly got divorced. Both parents had child visitation rights.

A police report suggests Kelley’s household was hostile. When she was 18, she allegedly hit her mother, sister and cousin several times. She went to jail.

In 2004, Albuquerque police showed up to a 911 call hang-up at her then home near the corner of Coors and Gun Club Rd SW. Jessica Kelley—allegedly under the influence of narcotics—was accused of hitting her then boyfriend and ripping the phone of the wall when he attempted to call police. The two have a son. Officers were forced to restrain Kelley.

A year later, Kelley was fighting for that son. The fight turned physical—court records reveal she approached the driver side window of her aunt’s car and punched her aunt in the forehead. Kelley was trying to take her own son from the backseat—even though she didn’t have custody of him. Her aunt told officers the boy’s paternal grandmother had legal custody.

Over the years, Kelley was arrested for assaulting a police officer, shoplifting, hurting a household member, violating her probation and possessing and selling drugs.

Also in her criminal record—Kelley was indicted for sexually assaulting a female inmate with an object. 4 Investigates reached out to the inmate who is now released, but she declined an interview.

Records from Kelley’s probation officer reveal she didn’t report at least four times. She violated probation twice more after getting charged with new crimes.

In September 2015, Kelley’s probation officer and Albuquerque Police caught Kelley with 18 small plastic baggies. They were packaged Suboxone strips—an opiate. Kelley was sent back behind bars for the drug offense and violating her probation.

Just weeks after she was released last August, police believe she was in Victoria Marten’s home. Officers say she played a role in the rape, dismemberment and murder of the 10-year-old girl.


Jen French

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