June 19, 2021

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Alleged stalker’s protection workforce queries SAPD’s investigation into situation

SAN ANTONIO – The second working day of a stalking demo highlighted protection attorneys questioning a few San Antonio police officers about how their investigation was handled.

The scenario involves Bobby Martinez, 40, who pleaded not responsible this 7 days to a 3rd-degree felony charge of stalking.

Prosecutors say Martinez stalked his estranged wife’s boss in 2019 mainly because he thought the two were acquiring an affair. The alleged sufferer has denied she had any romantic involvement with Martinez’s estranged wife.

Two detectives and one particular officer from the San Antonio Law enforcement Division testified on the investigation they executed back again in July 2019 and answered questions from the protection.

“(The victim) termed the law enforcement, produced a report, and then police left,” SAPD Det. Artwork Ramirez said during testimony. “He arrived again, did it a different time wherever he threatened to shoot her.”

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The officer stated Martinez threatened and drove by the residence of the target a lot more than 20 occasions, based on law enforcement reports he’d reviewed.

A further detective who took the stand testified that the target created various calls to police reporting the stalking.

Martinez’s protection attorneys questioned how the investigation was managed and why Ramirez collected no other proof or witness statements regarding the allegations.

Ramirez responded that he considered the assertion the target gave was truthful and primarily based on all the past issues and stories, that he experienced adequate for a stalking demand from Martinez.

“If one thing was to transpire to her and I, you know, didn’t act on it,” Ramirez mentioned. “I would not want to be that male, so I think I had plenty of.”

Both equally Ramirez and the other detective agreed that they each experienced only investigated just one or two stalking situations in advance of the Martinez case. However, the officers claimed that fully grasp that there is a great line among stalking and harassment.

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If convicted of the third-diploma felony cost, Martinez is going through a attainable optimum sentence of 10 decades in jail. The demo will go on Friday morning with closing arguments.

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