ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In late May, less than two months before the start of the first of three trials in the killing of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, detectives with the Albuquerque Police Department searched the bank and debit card records of one of the defendants, saying they were looking for “evidence of conspiracy or planning related to the murder of (Victoria) or the subsequent clean-up of the crime scene.”
They received those records Thursday, according to the search warrant, but it is unclear what the records showed.
Victoria’s mother, Michelle Martens, 37, her boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 33, and his cousin, Jessica Kelley, 33, are all charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, murder, child abuse and several other charges in the case. Police say Victoria was raped and strangled and her body dismembered and left burning in a bathtub.
Michelle Martens’ trial is scheduled to start in early July. Gonzales’ trial is set for October, and Kelley’s next January.