Suspects in murder of Victoria Martens plead not guilty

Jessica Kelley

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The three suspects in the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens were in court Friday for the first time for the crime. It was their chance to speak to the charges, but instead they said nothing and let their attorneys do all the talking.

The three suspects are charged with murder and rape in the killing of Victoria Martens. Friday, they all pleaded not guilty through their attorneys.

One by one the three suspects, Michelle Martens, Victoria’s mother, Fabian Gonzales, her boyfriend and Jessica Kelley, his cousin, walked into the courtroom to plead not guilty.

The details of this case have stunned the community and made national news. New details about Martens sought out men to sexually assault Victoria have caused even more shock.

The judge upped Michelle Martens’ bond to $1.5 million cash only. While the state asked for all three suspects be held on “no bonds.” The judge kept Gonzales and Kelley’s bonds at $1 million cash only each.

If convicted, all three could get life without parole because the sex crime and murder involved a child.

A public memorial for Victoria is set for the end of next month.

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