Attorney: Accused murderer did not fire gun
Judge rules defendant in shooting near Española must remain in jail
SANTA FE — An attorney for one of the men charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Cameron Martinez north of Española last week says his client didn’t fire a gun during the car-to-car shooting that resulted in Martinez’s death and left three other people injured.
But after a detention hearing in state District Court Friday, Judge Jason Lidyard ruled that defendant Anton Martinez, 19 – not related to the shooting victim — must remain in jail until trial.
Another man charged with murder in the killing, Mark Hice, 22, and his girlfriend Brittany Garcia, 21, who is facing lesser charges, waived a time limit for their detention hearings. Their attorneys want more time to review evidence before a hearing on continued incarceration pending trial.
Meanwhile, a fourth person who was in the car driven by Garcia and with alleged shooters Hice and Anton Martinez as passengers has also been charged. Savannah Martinez, 23, turned herself in to police this week and is charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Savannah and Anton Martinez are no relation to victim Cameron Martinez. In the fatal shooting, police say Hice and Anton Martinez fired from one car and another murder defendant, Axel Zamarron, 17, fired from another car. They targeted the Subaru that Cameron Martinez and his three companions were riding in by mistake, police say.
Hice, who had been involved in a shootout earlier in the day, provided weapons to the two other gunmen and told them to shoot anyone who Hice felt might be a threat to him as they cruised N.M. 68 near the casino at Ohkay Owingeh pueblo. Hice mistook the Subaru that Cameron Martinez was in for the vehicle of someone he had bad blood with, prosecutors says.
At Friday’s hearing for Anton Martinez that took place in a packed courtroom, District Attorney Marco Serna argued that Anton was a threat to the public and community and should be kept in jail. “This was a horrific, horrific crime that the defendant took part in with complete disregard to the public,” he said, later adding that it was a miracle no one else was killed. “The defendant was told to point and shoot, and he did.”
At that, defendant Martinez shook his head no.
Attorney Stephen Aarons, representing Anton Martinez, said he agreed that the shooting was a horrific incident and that it was a miracle no one else was killed. “But the question is whether the defendant did a violent act that day,” he said.
Aarons said that only Hice has told police that Anton Martinez fired a weapon. “The truth is he doesn’t know,” Aarons said. He said that the two woman in the car and Anton all were yelling at Hice to stop shooting.
Letters from two Española pastors attesting to Anton’s character were submitted, but Judge Lidyard was not swayed and ruled that Martinez would stay in jail without bail until his trial.
Mark Hice, left, and Anton Martinez — both charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of an 18-year-old north of Española last week — sit in a Santa Fe courtroom for a hearing Friday.