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Christian Martinez Trial: Jurors take a close look at bloody crime scene
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- An El Paso woman who discovered her mother and sister's bodies drenched in blood took the stand in the capital murder trial for a 23-year-old man accused of the deadly stabbings.
Christian Martinez is accused of stabbing Amalia Flores, 58, and her daughter Jovana Flores, 20. On Wednesday, Martinez spent much of the day trying to avoid eye-contact with witnesses and looking away from gorey evidence presented to the jury.
One witness, Nallely Galindo, couldn't stop looking over at Martinez as she told the courtroom on Jan. 28, 2011 she discovered the bodies. First, her sister, Jovana Flores.
"She was covered in blood. Blood smeared on her face, body. Her eyes were hardly opened. I yelled out her name. No response," said Galindo.
She also found her mother, Amalia Flores.
"There was a gash on her face and stab wounds all over her body," said Galindo.
Galindo said she saw Martinez, an unfamiliar face, lying in her mothers bed.
Her words became real once prosecutors played the 911 call made by Galindo. The audio tape lasted close to 10 minutes. Jurors heard Galindo crying, repeating the words: "Oh my God. Someone stabbed them."
A video also let jurors see a walk-through of the crime scene. It showed immense amounts of blood smeared in multiple rooms, on the floors and walls. The video also showed the mother and daughter's lifeless bodies. They were images that left many in the courtroom in tears.
Several police officers took the stand and told the jury Martinez was a suspect from the beginning.
While Galindo called 911, she said Martinez moved to the bathroom. When authorities arrived they said they saw deep cuts to Martinez's wrist, appearing like his hand was going to fall off.
Numerous police officer's told the jury Martinez tried biting off his bandage and wouldn't cooperate.
Defense Attorney Joe Spencer is not guilty because of mental health and insanity issues.
Jurors will hear more witness testimony starting tomorrow at 9 a.m.
If convicted Martinez could face life in prison or the death penalty.