The District Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has reportedly released a list of witnesses that investigators are seeking to interview regarding the brutal rape and murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens in August 2016.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Martens was found dead, partially dismembered and wrapped in a burning blanket the morning after her tenth birthday in her mother’s apartment. Investigators believe that she was raped before she was murdered, and that her mother, Michelle Martens, witnessed the horrific assault and derived sexual pleasure from it.
Victoria’s mother, her boyfriend Fabian Gonzalez, and Gonzalez’s cousin Jessica Kelley were all present at the apartment when police arrived, and have all been arrested and charged in the murder. The three suspects will be tried separately, beginning in the summer of 2018, and all three have pleaded not guilty.
— KOAT.com (@koat7news) December 11, 2017
According to local news station KOAT, the District Attorney’s office has released a list of 44 potential witnesses. KOAT’s legal analyst John Day said that Jessica Kelley’s sister Crystal Kelley could be a key witness in the investigation.
“That means the investigators, the DA’s the police think that she has information that’s gonna be helpful to their case, but we don’t know how yet,” Day said in the report, while pointing out that Crystal is believed to be one of the last people to have contact with Jessica Kelley — who had been out of jail on unrelated charges for only a week — before the murder.
“I talked to you literally hours before I (expletive) got arrested,” Jessica said to Crystal in a recording of a jailhouse conversation obtained by the news station. The suspects are aware that their conversations are being recorded.
Martens’s horrific murder is considered one of the most heinous crimes in New Mexico’s history.
The KOAT report does not name any further witnesses on the list. CrimeOnline has requested a copy of the witness list from the District Attorney’s office, which did not immediately respond to our request.
[Feature image: Facebook/Victoria Martens]