Gwinnett County mother and slain family identified by police


A Georgia woman charged with killing her husband and four of their children appeared in court this morning, Displaying some unusual behavior. As of Thursday evening, she was in stable, but serious condition in Children's Hospital of Atlanta.

Authorities in Georgia contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who said that Martinez "is a Mexican national who illegally entered the United States and is in the country unlawfully".

In her first court appearance since being arrested, Martinez stunned Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Michael Thorpe in a weird on-camera moment.

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Martinez appeared in her first court hearing on Friday after being charged with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault. Deon Washington of the Gwinnett County Police said it was reasonable to believe the family had lain dead in the home all night.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reported that Martinez, 33, is accused of the stabbing deaths of her husband and four children and the attempted murder of a fifth child who is now hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

"What prompts a person to take the life of such innocent children and her spouse is something we may never understand", Pihera said. A fifth child survived the incident but is seriously injured.

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Martinez allegedly killed her husband Martin Romero, 33, and her four children; Isabela Martinez, 10, Dacota Romero, 7, Dillan Romero, 4, and Axel Romero, 2.

Martinez qualified for a court-appointed attorney, but she said she did not need one.

"This is her first encounter with ICE so we can not estimate how long she's been in the country; she crossed the border at an unknown time [or] location", he continued. Those are my attorneys, that is why I am here.

Martinez, 33, was arrested and was being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center in Lawrenceville.

Martinez also told the judge through a Spanish-language interpreter that she doesn't want an attorney, later adding that the people and her faith are her lawyers.

Police said Martinez had been cooperative with investigators, though they have not yet revealed a possible motive in the deadly attack. "This is a horrendous crime not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighborhood and community". "I had to explain to her that some of them had passed on", she said.

Neighbors stand outside near a home where police say multiple people were found dead, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Loganville, Ga., east of Atlanta.