Smiles and thumbs up from woman charged with killing family

Isabel Martinez the woman accused of fatally stabbing her four children and husband smiles and gives two thumbs up at her court hearing

Martinez is being charged with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder, and six counts of aggravated assault. A fifth child survived the incident but is seriously injured.

Her behavior in court was weird and erratic as she smiled to the media and gave two thumbs-up to the cameras.

Neighbors and family members were left in shock following the gruesome discovery Thursday morning at Martinez's home outside Atlanta, wondering what could have driven a mother to murder her children. "My attorney is the people that we are fighting for", Isabel Martinez said through an interpreter. Perez did say that apart from the recent depression over her father, Martinez seemed to be a normal and regular mother, adding that she had joined their family at church the previous weekend.

The four children killed were identified as Isabela Martinez, 10; Dacota Romero, 7; Dillan Romero, 4; and Axel Romero, 2.

"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.

Martinez, who is a Mexican national who entered the US illegally, remains in Gwinnett County Jail, where she is being held without bond for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Lawrenceville Ga. Martinez is charged with killing four of her of children and their father
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"This is a horrendous crime not only for the victims but for the extended family, neighbourhood and community". Public Information Officer, "She is also being held for ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement)".

Martinez's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 20.

He said she began acting "a lot meaner" following the news of his passing and that she was upset she couldn't travel to Mexico to attend his funeral. Pihera later told ABC News that Martinez made that call. When they arrived on scene, they found the man, identified as 33 year-old Martin Romero and four children deceased. Police said Romero and Isabel Martinez were married.

Martinez has been cooperative, police said.

Early indications are that a knife was used to attack the five, though a medical examiner will make the final determination about the cause of death, she said.




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