Georgia mother accused of slaying her family makes freakish first court appearance

Kristopher Drake
July 9, 2017

But media coverage often focuses on dramatic cases, such as Andrea Yates who was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the 2001 drowning deaths of her five children in her suburban Houston home. She's been listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital in Atlanta.

The mother of the children has been detained, according to police.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the crimes, but said that Martinez has been cooperative.

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The judge denied bond for Martinez, who is accused of multiple counts of malice murder.

On Friday, neighbors and community members set up a memorial featuring candles, stuffed animals and a cross outside Martinez's home to mourn the loss of the family.

She is facing five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.

Throughout the entire hearing, Martinez smiled, waved her arms, and gave thumbs up. Police said Romero and Isabel Martinez were married.

Meanwhile, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said in an email Friday that Martinez - whom he identified as Maria Isabel Garduno-Martinez - is from Mexico and entered the country illegally.

The Sheriff's Office identified the victims on Thursday night as 33-year-old Martin Romero, 10-year-old Isabela Martinez, seven-year-old DAcota Romero, four-year-old Dillan Romero and two-year-old Axel Romero.

Their slain father was Martin Romero, 33, Pihera said. Immigration officials declined to comment Thursday.

Susan Smith, the SC mother who let her vehicle roll into a lake with her two sons inside, craved a relationship with a former paramour who didn't want to raise a family.

Fernando Romero had arrived to pick up his brother for work that morning only to find his small home surrounded by police cars. This is her first encounter with ICE, authorities said.

"I'm representing the people that's humble, that's hardworking, the people that suffer the people that have a lot of charges so that they understand everything is possible through God", she said. "She was there with us".

Pedro Ramirez said Martinez and her family seemed to be happy and Martinez, usually the life of the party. "The last few weeks our staff has gotten to know these kids very well".

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