Trial for El Paso man accused in double murder begins Tuesday

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 9:23am

Jury selection in the double murder trial for Christian Alberto Martinez, 23, is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Martinez is accused of killing Jovana Flores, 20, and her mother, Amalia Flores, 58, in January, 2011.

According to an arrest affidavit, Martinez became upset when Jovana Flores jogged past him in her East El Paso neighborhood. The affidavit said Martinez followed Jovana to her home on Pratt Ave., entered the home, then stabbed and killed Jovana and her mother.

Investigators said Martinez then attempted to commit suicide by cutting his left arm while he was still inside the home.

Martinez's defense attorney said Martinez suffers from depression and a personality disorder. In December, 2013, a jury found Martinez competent to stand trial.

Stay with for updates from the courtroom.


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