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Florida Murder Trial Of Hector Martinez Goes To Jury

By Tracey Kagan

Just over year ago, in the wee hours of April 15, 2012, Mr. Hector Martinez was allegedly involved in the gruesome murder of two high school students on the Cady Way Trail in Orlando. According to the Orlando Sentinel, prosecutors in the Hector Martinez Trial are trying to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Martinez was at least partially responsible for the violent murder of teenagers Nicholas Presha and Jeremy Stewart. Mr. Martinez and Co-conspirator Jesse Davis allegedly killed the two teens and then burned their bodies.

First Degree Murder Charges, Kidnapping Charges, and Robbery Charges

The defense and the prosecution have both stated their cases and rested and now the Hector Martinez Trial goes to the Jury. Mr. Martinez could go to prison for a long time if the Jury comes back with guilty verdicts on all the criminal charges he is facing. He has been charged with First Degree Murder, Kidnapping, and Robbery with a Firearm. A First Degree Murder Conviction may mean life in prison or even worse, the death Penalty, since Florida is a Death Penalty State. A kidnapping conviction could also result in a life sentence while Mr. Martinez could face up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted of Robbery with a Firearm.

Can the Defense present a successful criminal defense case?

Mr. Martinez’s criminal defense team will have to prove to the jury that there is enough reasonable doubt in this case to avoid convictions on his criminal charges. The fact that the main state witness is a convicted felon who refuses to testify against Mr. Martinez may provide the jury with some reasonable doubt for at least some of the charges.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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