Man connected to Espanola shooting to be held until trial

Crime

A man connected to the murder of a northern New Mexico teen will be held until trial.

Nineteen-year-old Anton Martinez is a suspect in the murder of 18-year-old Cameron Martinez.

Cameron was fatally shot last week on Highway 68 near Espanola.

Police say Mark Hice believed there was a group of people after him, so he came up with a plan for him and his friends to shoot anyone who might be a threat.

Friday in court, the State argued that Anton should be held until trial because it was a horrific crime and he had no regard for the public. 

His attorney argued there is no proof Anton ever fired his weapon and that he is not a flight risk because he turned himself in.

Judge Jason Lidyard disagreed.

“So the court finds that the State has presented clear evidence that defendant poses a future threat to others in the community and that no release conditions or combination thereof will reasonably protect the community or others and therefore the defendant will be held without bond,” said Judge Lidyard.

State Police say the other young people arrested in connection with the murder, Mark Hice, Axel Zamarron, Katyna Moya and Alejandra Gonzalez are still in custody. 

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