Jesus Martinez

Jesus Martinez, 32, sits in a Victoria courtroom awaiting the go-ahead from bailiffs to leave the Victoria County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon. The presiding judge asked the families associated with the defense and state, respectively, to stagger their exit from the courthouse after a verbal altercation between Martinez and an audience member occurred in a courthouse hallway shortly after morning proceedings recessed.

Law enforcement officials testified that a man accused of killing two people was acting erratically during an unrelated arrest later that same evening in September 2018.

The Victoria officers’ testimony came after the accused man and a member of the audience got into a verbal altercation after the court broke for lunch, said District Judge Eli Garza, who is presiding over the capital murder trial.

Jesus Martinez

Jesus Martinez

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Chase covers breaking news, crime and courts for the Advocate. He graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor's in mass communication and journalism. He can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or at @chasedrogers on Twitter.

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Angela Kidd

Very disrespectful for anyone charged with murder to be out in the free world under any circumstances. The disrespect and hurt it adds to the pain that the deceased families are already struggling with is so wrong! This world has gone backwards. I feel for the victims families. You give a double murderer an inch and they take a whole yard. Altercation would’ve never happened if it been where he belongs, in shackles.

Glenn Wilson

"Garza reminded Martinez that any further disturbances could result in the revocation of his bond." -- I'm probably misunderstanding something here, but it sounds as if Martinez was out on bail. How could someone on trial for 2 counts of capital murder possibly get bail? Especially given their openly threatening, hostile, erratic behavior?

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