Georgia mother accused of killing family appears in court

Mother charged with killing 4 of her kids and their father

A smiling Isabel Martinez was told by a Gwinnett County judge to stop "playing to the camera" after WGCL reported that the 31-year-old knelt in front of the lenses and was warned to sit back in the bench.

He then advised her to hire a lawyer. She has appeared before Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Michael Thorpe. It's really not a good idea.

"My attorneys are always going to be the people and my faith". "You are the hope of the world, each one of you". "It doesn't matter what color you are because God loves us all".

Federal immigration authorities said Martinez, whom they identified as Maria Isabel Garduno-Martinez, illegally entered the United States, though it is not clear when or where she crossed the US border.

Authorities have not said if Martinez was injured or discussed a motive.

The 33-year-old mother wagged her finger and shook her head as the judge reviewed the charges.

"My attorney is the people that we..."




The man who will be prosecuting Isabel Martinez, the Loganville mother accused of murdering her family, says this is the most heinous crime he's ever worked. The children who are deceased were aged 2 to 10.

That amounts to roughly one death every three days.

"What her motivations are for committing this horrendous crime, we still don't know", Pihera said of the suspect, according to CBS News.

Neighbours told WSB-TV that Ms Martinez was inside the home with the dead family members for as long as 24 hours before police arrived. But they also said she had fallen into a deep depression after the recent death of her beloved father.

"I've been doing this nearly 20 years and I haven't had this type of case", said Gwinnett County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, Richard Vandever. Michele Pihera confirmed that the 911 call came from a woman who was inside the home at 4:47 a.m. Thursday to report a stabbing.

According to the Associated Press, Martinez, 33, was arrested after 911 operators received a call early Thursday morning from a Spanish-speaking person, now believed to be Martinez.

Cpl Pihera said the caller was speaking Spanish, which initially made it hard for 911 operators to communicate with her. She is now being held on an immigration detainer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As of Thursday evening, she was in stable, but serious condition in Children's Hospital of Atlanta. Their father was Martin Romero.

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