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Alleged child-killer was abusive, says his ex-girlfriend

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Fabian Gonzales was a regular meth user for years.

He was violent and abusive during a previous relationship, but not toward his then-girlfriend’s children. And he spent hours denying to police any involvement in the death of 10-year-old Victoria Martens in August.

Those are some of the statements and details included in more than 700 pages of police reports released Friday under the state Inspection of Public Records Act regarding police detectives’ investigation into Victoria’s violent death.

Victoria’s mother, Michelle Martens, 35, Gonzales, 31, and Gonzales’ cousin Jessica Kelley, 31, are all suspected and charged in the slaying, which rocked New Mexico.

According to the records, Gonzales’ ex-girlfriend spoke with police Aug. 25, the day after Victoria Martens was found slain and dismembered in the Northwest Albuquerque apartment she shared with her mother and little brother.

The ex-girlfriend’s interview provided a few more details of Gonzales’ past behavior.

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She said she and Gonzales had lived “on the street” in her car, had a violent relationship and regularly did meth.

“We would stay up for maybe two days … three days. He would start, like, hearing things,” she told investigators. “We got into a big fist fight over it.”

She told detectives about unusual behavior Gonzales displayed during a sexual encounter with her a few weeks before Victoria’s death.

She said he seemed to be fantasizing about having a threesome with a young girl whom he made cry. She said she stopped having sex with him because of the encounter.

The documents contain transcripts of extensive interviews with both Martens and Gonzales. Kelley declined to talk to detectives without speaking to an attorney.

Martens told police she had met Gonzales about four or five months before the killing and he had moved in about a month earlier. She told detectives that Gonzales had two daughters whom his mother cared for.

Martens’ story to police about how her daughter died was inconsistent and changed as the interview went on.

She originally told them the same story as Gonzales – that Kelley alone had killed Victoria, and had beaten her and Gonzales. Martens later said she and Gonzales agreed to tell police that Kelley had done it.

She also gave police conflicting accounts of how Victoria died.

She first said that Victoria had ingested meth that was left on a table and had died in her bed, and Kelley stabbed her in the stomach. And later she told detectives that Gonzales and Kelley had been raping Victoria when she died.

Martens told detectives that, while Gonzales and Kelley were cleaning up after Victoria’s dismemberment, she was preparing tacos in the kitchen.

Toward the end of the interview, Martens’ answers became less detailed. She agreed with many of the detectives’ questions, including those about alleged repeated sexual abuse of both of her children and the accusation that she set up the encounters.

She named two men aside from Gonzales who had allegedly raped Victoria. It’s unclear if police have verified those names or tracked the men down.

Included in the police reports are references to at least one Children, Youth and Families Department investigation involving Victoria’s younger brother. He was allegedly being spanked with a spoon for soiling his pants.

Victoria’s brother’s father told investigators that Victoria had been interviewed by CYFD for her brother’s case, but there were never any referrals specific to Victoria.

For more than nine hours of interviews with detectives, Gonzales insisted he was not responsible for Victoria’s death, had never had sex with her and didn’t help dismember her body.

Detectives didn’t believe him.

“Without getting too specific on the condition that we found Victoria’s body in, one person could not have done that to another person in any short amount of time,” a detective tells Gonzales. “It would’ve taken a very long time.”

Gonzales repeatedly denied detectives’ allegation that he had raped Victoria, who he called “the little girl.”

“I did not have sex with that little girl,” Gonzales said. “Not once. Not never, never, in a million, never would (I) ever do that to any little girl in my life.”

He said he loved Victoria and she didn’t deserve her fate.

Victoria, apparently, had been fond of him, too. When detectives searched her mother’s gold Buick Century, they found a note from the girl addressed to Gonzales with a red heart on the front.

“I like you because you are funny I really like you,” the letter read. “We were supoosst (sic) to go to the zoo today and I just like you.”

Gonzales, Kelley and Martens are all facing charges that include first-degree murder, intentional abuse of a child and criminal sexual penetration involving a child.

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