- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GRETNA, La. (AP) - A man, who police say has confessed to stabbing and strangling a pregnant Terrytown woman, told investigators he flew into a rage after learning that he was not the baby’s father, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Col. John Fortunato said Emilio Calderon, 29, faces charges of second-degree murder and first-degree feticide in the death of 23-year-old Katherine Martinez and her unborn daughter.

An autopsy shows Martinez died from strangulation. Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich said none of the three stab wounds found on her body was fatal.

Fortunato said Calderon, of Larose, is being held in Lafourche Parish awaiting transfer to Jefferson Parish. Authorities said Calderon admitted slaying Martinez last weekend in her apartment.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1koiykh) family members and friends told investigators that Calderon had been stalking Martinez on social media, Sheriff Newell Normand said at a news conference.

“He used a fictitious name to gain knowledge of her whereabouts,” Normand said.

The two had an on-again, off-again relationship, but were not a couple when Martinez was killed, he said.

Authorities have said Calderon confessed to killing Martinez in a rage during an argument fueled by the revelation that he was not the father of her unborn baby. Calderon learned his paternity status about a month ago, Normand said.

Martinez’s mother found her dead early Sunday morning after breaking into her Terrytown apartment. She had become concerned when Martinez failed to pick her up from the airport Saturday.

Detectives identified Calderon as a suspect and he was taken into custody at his place of employment in Terrebonne Parish, Normand said. During initial questioning, Calderon told detectives he visited Martinez at her apartment and the two fought.

Investigators believe Martinez had been dead for about 12 hours by the time her body was found.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com



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