Plea deal closes murder case

A Las Cruces man accused of strangling his wife to death in 2006 pleaded no contest Friday to a second-degree murder charge just days before his trial was to begin in District Court.

Jesus Antonio Martinez, 40, originally faced an open count of murder in the death of Mary Lorraine Martinez, 37.

Martinez pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence charges before District Court Judge Stephen Bridgforth Friday. He could face a maximum sentence of 26 years...More Here...


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