Deputies release more info about man accused of killing woman, 93, on her birthday

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is releasing more information about the man accused of killing a 93-year-old woman.

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Sheriff John Mina said he thinks the suspect should face the death penalty.

Dolores Padilla Marrero, 93, was murdered on her birthday on Sunday. She’s described as a kind and devout Catholic, always willing to help others, including her accused killer.

Javier Martinez, 54, is the prime suspect in the case.

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Homicide detectives said they found a necklace belonging to Martinez wrapped in a T-shirt near Marrero’s body. They also found Marrero’s missing keys in the apartment where Martinez was arrested.

We found out that Marrero’s daughter, Martinez’s on-and-off girlfriend, told deputies that she and Martinez had gotten a fight on Sunday and that she suspected he was on drugs at the time.

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Eyewitness News did some digging to learn more about Martinez. Court documents show traffic violations, a suspended license and a petty theft charge on his record in Orange County.

Channel 9 asked Mina about Martinez’s past charges.

“He’s got a number of arrests from different states we’re looking into. Nothing violent we’ve seen,” Mina said.

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Deputies also told Eyewitness News that Martinez didn’t confess to killing Marrero, but he told police that he was on drugs and blacked out.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.