Fabian Gonzales tests positive for COVID-19, will continue trial in ‘glass box’

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To watch Wednesday’s proceedings, here is part one and part two.

The trial of Fabian Gonzales, one of three people arrested after the brutal murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens in 2016, continued Wednesday, July 27, with some uncertainty surrounding the trial.

Gonzales tested positive for COVID-19, Judge Cindy Leos confirmed Wednesday morning.

Leos, determined to keep the trial on track, instructed close contacts to get a PCR test and return negative results ahead of Wednesday afternoon. Gonzales’ defense team did so and tested negative.

Leos then read direction from the New Mexico Supreme Court that said defendants “shall” be in-person for jury trials, so she got approval to put Gonzales in a “glass box” by himself to continue the trial.

Testimony is expected to resume at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.