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‘Cliff is not going to get justice’: Family of murdered SAISD officer upset with DA’s recent action

The household mentioned the district legal professional’s office informed them the suspects charged on this case can be dealing with new expenses.

SAN ANTONIO — An Alamo City household has been patiently ready for justice. Now, they are saying they don’t have any religion it’s going to occur.  

Nearly two years in the past, San Antonio ISD Officer Cliff Martinez was killed whereas working safety. Two males are accused of assaulting the officer, even operating him over with a automotive. 

However, many months later, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office dropped the capital homicide expenses initially filed towards these suspects.

Dennis Martinez, Cliff’s brother, mentioned he bought the decision from the DA’s office final week. 

“After the news we just received last week, I have no confidence that we are going to have justice in this case,” he mentioned.

His older brother and greatest buddy was killed in December of 2019. He was working safety at an IHOP on Hot Wells. Police mentioned Martinez tried to break up a struggle and was assaulted and ran over with a automotive twice.

“They keep reducing the charges and that adds insult to injury,” Dennis Martinez mentioned. “We lost Cliff. We can’t get him back.”

Dennis mentioned the DA’s office informed him the suspects charged on this case can be dealing with new expenses. Alfredo Martinez-Contreras and Jorge Lopez had been initially dealing with capital homicide expenses. But now the 2 males are charged with aggravated assault towards a public servant.

“I don’t know if this was politically motivated or just an ease of the case, that they can get lesser charges through, whatever it is, it just doesn’t feel like justice is being done,” the brother mentioned.

He mentioned the DA’s office informed him they cannot decide the intent within the case. The DA’s office informed KENS 5 they cannot touch upon pending circumstances. 

Former Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood does not have all of the details on this case, however gave KENS 5 perception.

“It is hard to see while not looking at the evidence,” he mentioned. “There is an intentional knowing standard when it comes to capital murder versus reckless when you are talking about aggravated assault on a public servant. So it is either number one, the facts in this situation fit that charge better, that could be one possibility. Or, two it could have been part of a negotiating and plea bargaining to get the case resolved.”

Regardless of the reasoning, this information is disappointing for the Martinez household.

“You can’t just kill a police officer and say, ‘Sorry,'” he mentioned. “This is not acceptable.”

These new expenses are a first-degree felony. The suspects might face 5 to 99 years, or life in jail, if they’re convicted.

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