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Aug. 24, 2016: Around 4:30 a.m. officers were called to the Arroyo Villas apartments on Irving and Golf Course NW to find Victoria’s body strangled, stabbed, dismembered and on fire in her mother’s bathroom. After an all-day investigation and interviews with the three people present when police were called, Albuquerque Police Department homicide detectives arrest Victoria’s mother, Michelle Martens, her boyfriend Fabian Gonzales, and his cousin Jessica Kelley.
Sept. 8, 2016: All three suspects are indicted on multiple charges, including intentional abuse of a child, aggravated criminal sexual penetration, murder and tampering with evidence. A week later, bond is raised to $1.5 million cash for Martens and retained at $1 million cash each for Gonzales and Kelley.
November 2016: An autopsy by the Office of the Medical Investigator is completed and finds that Victoria had an STD, meaning she had most likely been raped at some point in the weeks or months leading up to her death. The autopsy also determined that no drugs were in her system and that although a little bit of ethanol was, it came from decomposition – contradicting Michelle Martens’ story that Victoria had been given meth.
January 2017: Raú l Torrez takes office as the 2nd Judicial District Attorney and begins to review the case and what still needs to be done to bring it to trial. He is concerned about some aspects of the investigation and follow up procedures. He taps Greer Rose as the lead prosecutor on the case and eventually forms a team that consists of Rose, prosecutor James Grayson, a paralegal and two APD detectives.