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Adult adoptions made by mentally incompetent San Antonio millionaire are nullified

March 19, 2019

A state district judge Tuesday nullified the March 5 adoptions of Joe and Brittany Martinez by Charlie Thrash, 81, a wealthy man who is mentally incapacitated.

Joe Martinez, 27, and Brittany Martinez, 25, are the adult children of Laura Martinez, 54, who was briefly married to Thrash before their marriage was annulled last week.

The action Tuesday by Judge David Canales came on a motion filed by court-appointed guardians for Thrash.

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They accused Phil Ross, Laura Martinez’s lawyer, of committing “a fraud on the court” by not telling Judge Canales on March 5 about Thrash’s mental incapacity and that he was a ward of a guardianship.

Canales scolded Ross on Tuesday for these omissions, noting, “It sounds like a lot of information that would have been helpful to me was not presented.”

Ross said the two Martinez children intend to refile their petitions for adoption.

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He also told Canales that the hearing Tuesday should not proceed without Charlie Thrash being present.

On March 6, Thrash was taken to an undisclosed location after his personal guardian Mary Werner arrived with Shavano Park police and removed him from his home.

Werner said she took the dramatic action because she was concerned about Thrash’s safety.

Laura Martinez, who said she began dating Thrash in August 2012, said she is the sole beneficiary in his will. His estate is worth more than $3 million.