A Georgia woman accused of stabbing her husband and her four children to death was all smiles in court on Friday. She flashed double thumbs up to news cameras and told a judge that she didn’t want an attorney.
“My attorney is the people that we’re fighting for,” Isabel Martinez said through a Spanish-English translator. “That’s the hope. It’s always the hope, because that’s the last thing that dies. You are the hope of the world, each one of you.”
Martinez, 33, allegedly stabbed her five loved ones to death: Martin Romero, 33, Isabela Martinez, 10; Dacota Romero, 7; Dillan Romero, 4; and Axel Romero, 2. She also is accused of seriously injured another child, Diana Romero, 9, at her home, according to Gwinnett Daily Post.
In court, Martinez wagged her finger at a judge, who told her that she shouldn’t perform for the cameras.
"What prompts a person to take the life of such innocent children and her spouse is something we may never understand," Gwinnett County police said in a statement, according to an NBC affiliate. "This is a horrendous crime not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighborhood and community."
[Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office]
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