Montgomery Co. man convicted of killing girlfriend's husband
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - November 21, 2013 (WPVI) -- A 25-year-old man faces life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the beating death of his girlfriend's husband outside Philadelphia 3½ years ago.
Jurors in Montgomery County deliberated for only 1½ hours Wednesday before finding Gabriel Martinez of King of Prussia guilty in the April 2010 killing of Jose Armando Cazares-Olarte. Authorities say Cazares-Olarte was kidnapped from his Collingdale home, driven to Upper Merion and beaten with a rock.
Assistant District Attorney John Gradel said Martinez faces a mandatory life term without parole for what he called "a particularly vicious, brutal attack."
Cazares-Olarte's wife, 31-year-old Delia Hernandez-Cortes, and the defendant's brother, 29-year-old Jose Martinez-Lopez, pleaded guilty in May to third-degree murder.
Defense attorney Frank Genovese said he expected the guilty verdict and didn't know whether an appeal would be filed.
Genovese had argued that even if jurors believed the prosecution's version of events, they shouldn't convict Martinez of first-degree murder.
"If one thing is clear, it's that my client never came up with the plan," Genovese said during closing arguments.
Gradel, however, said the defendant brought along a gun, which showed an intent to kill, and while another man held the victim at gunpoint, Martinez went outside and got the rock.
"He hit him six times," Gardel said. "Does it get any clearer?"
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