Isabel Martinez gestures towards news cameras during her first court appearance Friday, in Lawrenceville, Ga
Isabel Martinez appeared before Gwinnett County Court Friday to face five counts of murder, five counts of malice murder and six counts of aggravated assault.-year-old Isabel Martinez who critically injured her fifth child inside their suburban Atlanta home was said to suffering from depression
The 33-year-old mother gave quite a show, wagging her finger and shaking her head as the judge reviewed the charges. Martinez smile through the proceedings, seemingly oblivious of the gravity of the charges brought against her or the depravity of her actions.
Isabel Martinez wags a fore finger gestures towards news cameras
Husband Martin Romero, [left], and four of the couple’s five children – [L-R] Axel Romero, [in the stroller], Isabela Martinez, Dacota Romero, and Dillan Romero all died in their mother’s stabbing spree.Diana Romero in front of Martin, survived.
She was arrested Thursday at her home in Loganville just before 5 a.m. for allegedly murdering her four children and husband — identified as Martin Romero, 33; Isabela Martinez, 10; Dacota Romero, 7; Dillan Romero, 4; and Alex Romero, 2, WSB-TV reported.
Sole attack survivoe Diana Romero, 9, was in serious but stable condition Thursday evening, police said.
Isabel Martinez clasps her hand as in celebration during her bizzare court appearance, Friday
Martinez rejected her court appointed attorney and as Judge Thorpe listed the charges she faces, Martinez smiled, shook her head ‘no’ and wagged her finger at him. The defendant was sporting visible abrasions and cuts on her hand and wrist
A fifth child, Diana Romero, was also stabbed, but was in stable condition at a children’s hopsital in Atlanta. According to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for funerals and medical costs, Diana has gone through surgery and will likely remain in the hospital for a few weeks before starting physical therapy.
Martinez was all smiles during her Friday court appearance, often grinning directly into cameras. At one point she stood up and offered a sweeping bow before sitting back down and offering a thumbs-up to reporters.
Isabel Martinez arms spread in liberation, seemingly oblivious of the implications of 5-counts of aggravated murder and murder with malice leveled against her
Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Michael Thorpe admonished her to “cut out the display for the cameras. It’s really not a good idea. It’s not really to your benefit.”
Martinez also rejected a court-appointed attorney, despite qualifying for one, CNN reported.
“My attorneys are always going to be the people and my faith,” she said in Spanish through an interpreter. “Those are my attorneys, that’s why I’m here.”
Flowers and stuffed toys left on the doorstep of a Loganville, Ga home where four children and their father were stabbed to death by their wife and mother on Thursday, July 6
The judge recommended she accept legal counsel, but couldn’t force her to do so, according to the news station.
“I’m representing the people that’s humble, that’s hardworking, the people that suffer the people that have a lot of charges so that they understand everything is possible through God,” she said.
As she left the courthouse, Thorpe could be heard muttering: “Wasn’t that delightful?”
Police said Martinez had been cooperative with investigators, though they have not yet revealed a possible motive in the deadly attack.
“This is a horrendous crime, not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighborhood and community,” police said in a statement. “We are hoping and praying that the remaining victim survives.”
Before her inexplicable demented rampage Martinez is seen with two of her daughters