California suspect in 6 homicides charged with murder

California suspect in 6 homicides charged with murder

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man suspected of killing four children & two women has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in one of the deaths.

The Modesto Bee reports (http://tinyurl.com/o2kk2o5)Thursday that 30-year-old Martin Martinez pleaded not guilty to murder & child endangerment in the October death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old boy. His bail has been set at $5 million.

The toddler died of head injuries suffered in fall while in Martinez' care. Martinez told police the injuries were caused by an accident.

p>Martinez is moreover suspected of the Saturday killing of his girlfriend, their 6-month-old daughter, his girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter, his mother & an unidentified 5-year-old girl.

Martinez remains jailed in Modesto, & it's unclear whether he has retained a lawyer who could comment on the case.

Source: “Associated Press”

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