Isabel Martinez, 33, from Loganville Georgia has been charged with the murder of her husband and four children. The five were found stabbed to death by police after Martinez called 911. A fifth child, a girl, has been hospitalized.
“Chicago relatives said the Georgia couple had been married for 10 years, and the slain father was 38. The four children killed included two daughters 10 and 7-years-old and two sons, 4-years-old and almost 2-years old,” ABC News reported. “Relatives said the only surviving child was a 9-year-old daughter.”
The motive for the murders is still unknown, though Martinez was reportedly depressed after her father in Mexico passed away the day after Father’s day. Martinez exhibited bizarre behavior before the court, smiling, giving two thumbs up, and posing for the cameras. Through a translator she said she didn’t want an attorney, and that her attorney was the people. “It doesn’t matter what color you are, because God loves us all,” Martinez said.
According to ABC News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox identified Martinez as Maria Isabel Garduno-Martinez, a woman from Mexico who entered the USA illegally. “This is her first encounter with immigration authorities, and it’s not clear how long she has been in the U.S.,” Cox said.
ABC said local officials called the killings “horrendous.”
Martinez’ bizarre behavior in court, July 7