Two People Charged with Capital Murder of a Six-Year Old Appear in Court

Two people facing capital murder charges in connection with the death of a six-year old boy were magistrated in court Thursday morning and given a $1 million bond.

Nancy Rae Martinez and Albert Villarreal, both 27, were arrested Wednesday night. Martinez' son, six-year old Xadrian Martinez, died at around 8:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Fig Street. EMS crews had been called out after the boy reportedly began having seizures. They rushed him to Driscoll Children's Hospital where he later died.

Bond was set at $1 million and both Martinez and Villarreal were given court appointed attorneys. They will be tried in Judge Nanette Hasette's 28th District Court.

In a probable cause statement, Xadrian's eight-year old sister points the finger at Villarreal as the one who killed Xadrian.

His sister stated that she observed Villarreal striking Xadrian because the boy soiled his clothing. She then described Xadrian as being grabbed by the neck until he was unconscious, and said that Villarreal slammed Xadrian into a refrigerator in an attempt to revive him.

The sister's statement goes on to say that Villarreal called a family member and said he was going to jail, and that he needed to take Xadrian to the hospital. The statement also said that Martinez called a relative and said that Xadrian was not breathing, but that she did not want to call 911 because she would go to jail.

Neighbors said they heard a boy screaming from the family's apartment. Investigators are continuing to speak with friends and relatives of Martinez and Villarreal.


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