Judge orders defendant in Cameron Martinez killing to remain in jail

May 14, 2019

District Judge Jason Lidyard on Monday ordered that an Ojo Caliente woman accused of playing a role in the 2018 shooting death of an Española teenager be held in jail until her case goes to trial or is resolved through other means, according to a statement by District Attorney Marco Serna.

The hearing was held at the Rio Arriba County Courthouse in Tierra Amarilla.

Brittany Garcia, 21, faces more than a dozen charges, including murder, in the Oct. 4, 2018, shooting that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Cameron Martinez.

Garcia is one of seven defendants in the case, in which two cars full of young people opened fire on the vehicle carrying Martinez and his three passengers on N.M. 58 near Ohkay Hotel and Casino. Martinez was killed and the passengers were wounded. Garcia is accused of driving one of the vehicles from which shots were fired.

Police have said they believe the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and that Garcia’s boyfriend, Mark Hice, armed his friends and recruited them to drive around the Española area on the lookout for people he said had been threatening him on social media.

Garcia and Hice were involved in another shooting the same day, according to police, in which Garcia drove the car and Hice fired three shots at a different motorist in the same area — prompting a police report from a frightened family nearly caught in the crossfire.

The targets in both shootings were unknown to Garcia and Hice, who mistook them for their enemies, which, prosecutors argued in a motion, demonstrates Garcia is dangerous to the community and willing to participate in random violence.