Woman Accused of Running Over Cousin Could Face Death After Autopsy Reveals the Victim Was Pregnant

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Kassandra Martinez
Kassandra Martinez's future just got even bleaker.

The 20-year-old Mexican national was already in jail on a murder charge for allegedly running over her cousin last month at a Northwest Dallas gas station. Witnesses told police Martinez was mad at the cousin for refusing to chip in for gas after a trip to Viviana's Nite Club off Stemmons and Northwest Highway. When the cousin went to retrieve her purse from the car's trunk, Martinez threw her Volkswagon Passat in reverse, backed over Yunuel Aguilar, then ran over her again on her way out of the parking lot.

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A recently completed autopsy has added another wrinkle to the case: Aguilar was pregnant. As The Dallas Morning News' Scott Goldstein reports, this has led prosecutors to charge Martinez with capital murder.

The Prenatal Protection Act, a law passed by the state legislature in 2003, extended the protections of the criminal code to include unborn children. Killings are classified as capital murders in many circumstances, including when the victim is younger than 6, as a fetus certainly is.

So, instead of facing as little as five years in prison for a simple murder charge, Martinez could get the death penalty if convicted. All for a few bucks of gas money.


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vlad_da_inhaler
vlad_da_inhaler

Dear Texas, don't kill her because she is hot.  Please release her into my custody so that I can teach her the right way to do things ;).

Obummer
Obummer

Yo as long as Sandra Fluke be get’in her free birf controls pills what diff’ do it make? And yo is she legal?

chunkyjones
chunkyjones

I am not going to make any tasteless jokes about how killing a pregnant Mexican is an act of crime prevention. I will just take this as an example of how we are enriched culturally by having these people swarm across the border and live here in our country in violation of our national sovereignty while our politicians do nothing. no offense.

Barack
Barack

As long as Sandra Fluke gets her free birth control pills what difference does it make?

Americano
Americano

So if you kill the Mom with a baby inside, that's double-murder.  If you kill the baby after it's born, it's a fetus and it's legal.  Got it.  That makes perfect sense.

kcpeacenik
kcpeacenik

I'm confused.  She was pregnant, not walking around with a live baby.  A fetus is not a person.  It is not alive on its own.  It is not a separate, fully independent human until it is born. This is why abortion is legal as it should be.  So there is no legal or ethical reason why someone should be charged for the "murder" of two people when it is only one who happens to be pregnant.  The fetus is NOT a separate human being; it is tissue which is attached to the mother/host until such time as hormones dictate its separation/birth.

Britt Whalen
Britt Whalen

And it is her body to choose whether to keep it or not. That woman who ran her over did not give her a choice taking her right away by killing her friend...Who happened to be pregnant.

Britt Whalen
Britt Whalen

Not everyone believes in life at conception esteban. Just like not everyone believes in the same religion. That is why it is not Federally known as murder....

Britt Whalen
Britt Whalen

Holy Crap! Talk about turn of events......

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

If the pregnant deceased did not know she was with child, then "wanted vs unwanted" does not come into play.  

She could have gotten an abortion once informed.

It seems the courts do not address "when life begins" but only "wanted vs unwanted" as a determiner on whether the death of a fetus is murder or abortion.  It presumes the murdered mother must first know she was pregnant before the killer can be charged with two murders.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

lmao @ rich acting like a tough guy "shove it up yours". it's funny when liberals act tough on the internet.

Cindy Morales
Cindy Morales

Why is this thread about abortion? I can't believe that she was only going to face 5 years in prison for murder. Anti or pro that is not even the issue here

Pamela J. Francis
Pamela J. Francis

I definitely agree with you, Jacob...I'm sure there are really sick people somewhere that would just go have an abortion "for fun"--but no one I know that is pro-choice "likes" abortion. I personally hate it. I also hate poverty, ruined lives, approximately 130,000 unadopted babies per year, and dead teenage girls in back alleys...I don't "like" it, but I sure want to keep it legal...

Jacob Brinlee
Jacob Brinlee

Really reached far to bring it into this debate, but I'm down to throw in my two cents. If we are reaching far, so will I. I will begin by saying every one who has ever been a teenage boy is going to hell for all of those little sticky tissues left in the trashcan. Is it not the same? I'm not saying abortion is the best choice. I doubt anyone who is pro-choice really likes the idea of someone having an abortion. If someone can't get one legally they may find riskier, more dangerous methods (this is kind of like prohibition in its own little way). If you want to look at it as the lesser of two evils, that's probably best. Would you rather have your daughter not tell you and go to Baby Face Nelson's Backyard Baby Removal or have a discussion and see a real doctor? These completely one sided viewpoints are dangerous and allow for little open conversation when the real thing happens. Very few kids want to tell their parents about the broken vase, what about an "unwanted" baby? It's easy to say, just put the child up for adoption, but that's something that needs fixin' as well. Do a little research on each side and see the unwanted effects of laws that restrict.

Rich Eerie
Rich Eerie

And I'm sure all the inbred and seriously deformed children are saying "thanks for not aborting me"

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

I haven't heard the defense's claim yet, but being that the cousin was removing her purse from the trunk after not wanting to pitch in for gas would lead me to believe she was being kicked out of the car. Just maybe in a drunken post club state, the woman hit accidentally put it in reverse instead of drive and hit the accelerator. Then after realizing that she had made a horrible mistake, fled the scene, this time in drive, thus hitting her cousin again. Who knows, anything is possible....however, none of it would have been possible if she were in Mexico.

If this isn't the poster for immigration reform, I'm not sure what is...except maybe the thousands of gang members, child rapists, burglars, etc etc that are here in Dallas illegally.

We have enough crime already, it's the one import we don't need. If you are a hard working, law abiding person that goes through the immigration process properly, welcome to the U.S. If not, sorry, we have enough on our plate as it is.

Jacob Brinlee
Jacob Brinlee

Maybe it's one of the silly lessons I learned from watching too much "Kung Fu" growing up, but it's never right to kill (though I guess Caine isn't the best example). I really must ask why so many people that have no ties to the family (my assumption) are jumping on board to "flip the switch"? The family gets an understandable urge for justice, but only because they are the victims of loss. I have all of the sympathy in the world for them, but even that doesn't justify taking this young girl's life, the fact that they are suffering a loss. Others outside of that circle come off as blood thirsty, and having a thirst for the blood of one who has directed no wrong towards them. It makes little sense.

Rich Eerie
Rich Eerie

Okay, one is murder because they didn't have a choice in it dying due to someone else killing it and the other they did have the choice, for the exact reason above. And murder or not, in your aparent belief you all just have to apologize at the end of your shitty lived lives and get in for free anyway, and just like it isn't the child's fault, it isn't your life to have a choice in someone else's choice and so you can say only god can judge but I see several judges here and I'm not having a kid so take those "yours" and shove it up yours

Shawni Livingston
Shawni Livingston

so what's the lesson here kids? if you wanna kill someone and only get a minimum 5 years in prison, keep it "simple"....just make sure they are not pregnant

Kristin Scott Dorsey
Kristin Scott Dorsey

If you can't take care of the child, give it up for adoption for a person who cannot have one of their own. Don't kill it to make your life easier. They didn't ask to be born, so don't punish them for your "mistake", or careless lifestyle.

Monica Pinon
Monica Pinon

@Esteban -- because the legislature hasn't yet succeeded in outlawing women (yet)? Only halfway kidding. But really, it's because the legislature decided to have it that way, that's why.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

you are still not answering the question. why is one baby killed in the womb "murder" and another one called a "choice"?

Rich Eerie
Rich Eerie

No defending anything, just sharing another view

Rich Eerie
Rich Eerie

For the same reason you would neuter a pet, so there aren't starving strays all over because someone couldn't afford to care for it. Children who don't get proper care starve, grow up emotionally and mentally hurt and sadly die anyway

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

well...ethan...since you're an internet tough guy by calling me "idiot"...the irony of my post is still justified. a baby is still killed either way. why is one murder and one a "choice".

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kcpeacenik thats not the definition in the criminal code buddy, and Ill submit to you that a fetus is only a fetus for so long inside the body before it begins to develop into a baby living inside the mother

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

Illegal immigrant but seemed to have plenty of money to be buying expensive clothes and partying all the time. Where are these shadows the libtards are talking about?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@holmantx seems that generally it would require the intent to kill two also.  I'm sure this "protect the unborn" law is an affront to that principle, and it would seem that there is some defense to be found in Common Law, no?

IBleedCMYK
IBleedCMYK

@logic4dallas "If this isn't the poster for immigration reform, I'm not sure what is" - Most idiotic statement since the invention of the internet.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@scottindallas @holmantx 

The normal presumption is that a murdered pregnant woman wanted the child (since she did not abort) so two murders are charged.

In this case, it appears the victim had not yet discovered she was pregnant.  I think the state is going to have to prove she knew, and hence wanted the child, before a death penalty crime can be charged.  It is a very high bar.

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

Illegal immigrant murdered a person. This would not have happened if illegals were not given a free pass. She would have been in Mexico causing problems, not here.

Pretty much sums up the need for reform...at the very least enforcing our current laws.

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

I'd say you were wrong...Illegal immigrant means they are breaking the law by existing, therefore I can say without a doubt that 100% are criminals, thus a much higher rate than citizens.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@StupidHippies

What makes this crime more upsetting to you then others?  The fact that she was a Mexican national?  What if I told you that immigrants actually have lower crime rates than natural-born citizens?

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

@CornyDoggy @StupidHippies If her cousin had just heeded the "TRUST NO BITCH" shirt, she might still be alive today.. waiting in the welfare office to sign up for benefits for poor little Jesus Gomez

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@CornDoggy

THAT'S why he spews so much hate on Martinez, she had the gall to be wearing the same outfit that he was!

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

That's a very hard stat to prove I would think considering the definite number is not known and only estimated. All that aside, one crime by an illegal is too many. You see if they weren't here then that crime would not have been committed. They are breaking the law by merely being here, thus the term ILLEGAL immigrant, so in actuality they have a 100% rate of breaking the law no matter the number. Well, I suppose we just busted your made up truism.

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