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12/10/08

Prosecution Rests In Capital Murder Trial

The State has rested in a capital murder trial, and the man accused admits his involvement. In a 2005 statement to Lubbock Police - Albert Martinez Jr. said he accepts responsibility for what happened to the victim, and wishes it never happened.

In another statement made just days later, Martinez says he doesn't know how he ended up with the victim, but says he dreams about hurting her. Martinez is on trial for Capital Murder in the 1996 death of Eva Camacho Garcia.

The 45 year olds body was found outside a downtown Lubbock church before Sunday services. Nearly nine years after her death, police used DNA evidence recovered at the scene to charge Martinez in the crime.

On Tuesday the jury heard testimony from a DPS Crime Lab expert who said to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, blood taken from the crime scene matches that of Albert Martinez. The jury also heard from Lubbock Medical Examiner, Dr. Thomas Beaver, who said the injuries on Garcia's body show evidence of a struggle and strangulation.

The trial will continue Thursday. If found guilty, Martinez faces life in prison.

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