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4th suspect sought in Victoria Martens' murder; girl's mother strikes plea deal

KOB Web Staff
June 30, 2018 09:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez dropped a bombshell Friday, saying an unidentified male was involved in Victoria Martens' death.

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Police found Victoria's body, in August of 2016, inside an apartment on Irving Blvd. near Golf Course Rd. Police say she was drugged, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and strangled to death.

Prosecutors believe a person, referred to as "John Doe," may have been at the apartment when the 10-year-old girl was killed. The D.A. said the unknown suspect's DNA was found on Victoria's body after her death. That person has not been caught. 

"We don't believe this to be a random act," D.A. Torrez said. "'We owe it to Victoria to get this right. And that's what we intend to do."

Victoria's mother, Michelle Martens, entered into a plea deal Friday. She pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse resulting in death. She faces 12-15 years in prison. Martens was facing a maximum of 18 years in prison before entering into the plea deal. 

Torrez said psychological profile showed that Martens was susceptible to making false statements. Torrez said while Martens confessed to witnessing heinous acts on Victoria before she was killed, the evidence did not support that. Prosecutors say cell phone data shows Martens and her boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, were not at the apartment at the time of Victoria's death.

Gonzales will go to trial in October. His attorney says the second-degree murder charge, criminal sexual penetration, and various other charges were dropped. However, Gonzales still faces other charges that include child abuse resulting in death.

Jessica Kelley, Gonzales' cousin, will go to trial in January 2019. She faces a long list of charges, the most serious being first-degree murder.

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