Tears Shed As Testimony Begins In A More Than Decade Old Murder Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/9/08

Tears Shed As Testimony Begins In A More Than Decade Old Murder Case

A Lubbock family hears of a violent struggle that may have killed their loved one. On Tuesday the first day of testimony in the capital murder trial of Albert Martinez Jr. finished.

Martinez is charged in the death of Eva Camacho Garcia. The 42-year-old's naked body was found outside a downtown Lubbock church more than 12-years ago. Emotion filled the courtroom on Tuesday as Garcia's family saw pictures of her dead body. During opening arguments, Tuesday morning the state said DNA would prove Martinez killed Garcia. While the defense argued, evidence will show another suspect took Garcia's life, not Martinez.

Dressed in a gray shirt and tie Albert Martinez Jr. listened to a handful of witnesses the state believes will prove he killed Eva Camacho Garcia. Garcia's family was also in the courtroom filling half the seats. Out of the handful of people who testified Tuesday, former Lubbock Police Officer Bruce Short held the stand for the longest.

More than 12-years-ago Short was the lead crime scene investigator at the then Central Baptist Church in the 1800 block of Avenue M. A church secretary found the 45-year-old's naked body just before Sunday services.

An autopsy showed Garcia died of asphyxiation. At the time, police did not have the technology to bring her accused killer to trial. However, more than eight years later investigators used DNA evidence to charge Martinez with capital murder.

On Tuesday, some of Garcia's family became teary as the picture of her body was projected for all in court to see. Moments later 364th District Court Judge Brad Underwood called a recess. Just outside the courtroom, Garcia's family gathered for a prayer.

Once testimony resumed short testified Garcia's body was found in shrubs on the East side of the church, her clothes and shoes spread throughout the flowerbed. He used pictures to describe the trauma to Garcia including scrapes on her body and bruises around her neck. Short also said based on the evidence it appears a violent struggle had occurred at the scene, including a possible a sexual assault.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday. If found guilty Martinez faces life in prison.

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