OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A woman charged with helping her boyfriend kill his mother and 4-year-old half brother is arguing that statements she made to police should not be allowed into evidence at her trial.
Police think 25-year-old Gabriela Guevara helped 25-year-old Roberto Martinez-Marinero load his gravely-injured mother in a car and dump her body on May 5. Police say Guevara also believe Guevara was with Martinez-Marinero when he allegedly dumped his then-11-month-old half brother in a La Vista dumpster and threw his 4-year-old half-brother from an Elkhorn River bridge to his death. Other than some bruising, the baby left in the trash bin was uninjured.
Guevara now says her statements to police should be thrown out because she feared police and Martinez-Marinero, the Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1nMY91m ).
Guevara, who has pleaded not guilty to five counts of being an accessory, argued in a hearing Thursday that she suffered a panic attack last year when police drove her to the bridge. She said she believed police were going to throw her from the bridge, but police said they assured her they simply wanted her to show them where 4-year-old Josue Ramirez-Marinero was thrown over the railing.
Guevara’s attorney, Mallory Hughes, said her client gave statements to police under duress because she suffers from possible “battered-partner syndrome” at the hands of Martinez-Marinero. Hughes also said Guevara suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being kidnapped as young teenager in Mexico by a boyfriend who wanted to force her into the sex trade.
The judge is expected to rule in a few weeks on her request.
Martinez-Marinero is awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in the May 5 deaths of his mother and his brother.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com
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