(Laredo, Texas)-The Office of the District Attorney reports a guilty verdict for Mario Alberto Martinez, 21, who was charged with murder for killing a homeless man.
The case came to light on October 25, 2016, when the victim’s girlfriend waived down a Laredo Police Department officer and informed him about the assault. Officers were met with a woman on the 1100 block of San Agustin Ave. who stated that Mario Alberto Martinez assaulted her boyfriend, Jorge Alberto Bustos, with a wooden board. She further mentioned that Martinez struck Bustos several times while she yelled him to stop. Bustos was found unresponsive while he was treated by paramedics and was subsequently transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Once at the hospital, Bustos had to be flown out of town due to the significant internal injuries he had sustained as a result of the assault. Hours later, Bustos was pronounced dead.
Based on the facts and evidenced gathered during the investigation, Mario Alberto Martinez was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. Once the victim was pronounced dead, Martinez was charged with murder, a first-degree felony in the State of Texas.
The trial took place before the 111th District Court Judge Monica Notzon, and was heard by a jury over the course of three days, rendering their guilty verdict after short time of deliberation. The jury assessed a punishment of 25 years.
Assistant District Attorney Javier Guzman, Estrella Ramirez and Joshua Davila prosecuted the case for the State.