The man accused of killing his mother in Espanola faces new charges. The prosecutors presented the new charge while asking the court not to grant bail to the defendant on Monday, August 9th. Erick Martinez, 43, allegedly killed his 74-year-old mother in Espanola during an attack at her home last week.
The prosecutors added rape charges to the murder charge the man already faces. The court affidavit showed that Erick Martinez allegedly killed Cora Martinez during an argument on August 1st after refusing him to borrow her car.
Before the rape charges, the prosecutors charged the accused of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, theft of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assault against a household member, and aggravated battery. On Monday, the additional charge read two counts of third-degree criminal penetration, and the prosecutors dropped the charges of assault and aggravated battery.
According to District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, the criminal sexual penetration charge was added based on information developed during the investigation. Erick Martinez has been in custody since the Espanola police arrested him on Monday, August 2nd. He told the police he argued with his mother, and they pushed each other when things escalated.
The defendant said he left home, and when he returned at night, his mother had died. He admitted splashing water on his mother and changing her clothes before running off in her car. Family members in the home said they heard Cora scream during the fight with her son.
Erick Martinez has a history of run-ins with the law and was released from the Santa Fe County Jail three weeks before the fight with the deceased. However, if convicted, he faces life imprisonment without parole.
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