Mother stabs husband children to death, gives thumbs up in court

Mugshot									Isabelle Martinez

Mugshot Isabelle Martinez

A Loganville woman accused of stabbing her husband and four of her kids to death behaved erratically during her first appearance hearing on Friday morning.

Isabel Martinez appeared in Gwinnett County Court, smiling, praying and at one point, looking directly at news cameras and giving a thumbs-up. When officers got to the scene, a grisly scene awaited them: the bodies of four children and their father, allegedly stabbed to death by their mother.

Reports have stated the family lived in a tight-knit immigrant community in Gwinnett County.

Another child, 9-year-old Diana Romero, was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in serious but stable condition. She is also be held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Martinez was immediately taken into custody and a Gwinnett Police Department spokeswoman said the mother was cooperating with police, although a motive for the alleged killings is unclear.

Police had said the Romero and Martinez family lived in a quiet neighborhood, but that changed after a 911 call from inside the mobile home at 4:47 a.m. Thursday.

"They (said) they are OK", Romero said, quietly. However, the judge advised Martinez to hire a lawyer or allow one to be appointed to her, and the court subsequently appointed attorney Robert Greenwald to represent her. According to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for funerals and medical costs, Diana has gone through surgery and will likely remain in the hospital for a few weeks before starting physical therapy.

Escaped SC Inmate Captured In Texas
Stirling wouldn't give details about where Causey would be held this time, except to say it will be 'a high, high security unit'. Causey, 46, escaped this week from Lieber Correctional Institution, about 90 miles (149 km) southeast of Columbia.

Police said Martinez has been cooperative.

"She'll be evaluated and whatever comes out of that is how we'll proceed", Vandever said.

"She used to be a calm, happy person", said neighbor Pedro Ramirez, 15.

Isabela Martinez is charged with five counts of Malice Murder, five counts of Murder and six counts of Aggravated Assault.

"This is a horrendous crime not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighbourhood and community".

Susan Smith, the SC mother who let her vehicle roll into a lake with her two sons inside, craved a relationship with a former paramour who didn't want to raise a family.

When Thorpe informed her of her right to have an attorney, she said through a Spanish-language interpreter that she doesn't want one. "She was good, went to our church last weekend, she was there with us".

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