Testimony continues in trial of San Antonio man accused of killing wife
Testimony continues Monday in the trial of a San Antonio man who is charged with killing his common-law wife after he accused her of having an affair in the days leading up to her death.
Gabriel Martinez, 37, is on trial, accused of fatally shooting Lori Lee Ortiz three times with a rifle before turning the gun on himself May 18, 2016. He was wounded in the abdomen.
Ortiz, 35, died shortly after arriving at University Hospital. Martinez, who was critically injured and underwent surgery, was booked by proxy while he was hospitalized.
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Martinez pleaded not guilty before Judge Ron Rangel as his trial began Friday morning.
On the first day of the trial, jurors heard testimony from the couple’s daughter, Brianna Martinez, now 18, who told the panel her father accused her mother of having an affair in the days before her death, and the night before the shooting, she said she saw her father point a gun at her mother while the pair sat at the kitchen table.
The panel also heard a chilling 911 call in which the sobbing teen, 15 at the time, told a 911 operator to “send an ambulance,” because her parents had been shot.
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When asked who shot whom, Brianna Martinez replied, “my dad shot my mom.”
If found guilty of murder, Gabriel Martinez faces up to life in prison.
The trial is being held in the 379th state District Court.
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