William Wilson and Michelle Martens are the poster children for Gov. Susana Martinez’s attack on a voter-approved constitutional amendment she once supported that allows judges to hold dangerous suspects in jail before trial and release others not deemed to be a danger or a flight risk.
Martinez twice last week took to Facebook to announce her campaign to “repeal and replace” the bail reform amendment and court rules that implement it. She wants the Legislature to take action as early as the 30-day legislative session, which begins Jan. 16.
But her two examples may not be the best argument: Martens is still in jail pending trial on charges related to the horrific murder of her daughter. And a court audiotape shows the prosecutor in the Wilson case never filed the paperwork to hold him in jail without bail. Wilson was killed in a shootout with State Police in San Juan County on Aug. 27.
Martinez didn’t post the messages on her governor’s Facebook page, but on her “Stand with Susana” page, which describes her as a “politician.”