Murder trial of illegal immigrant starts in Santa Maria

May 22, 2018

Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez

Less than a week after President Donald Trump started a White House roundtable with remarks about the murder of Santa Maria woman Marilyn Pharis, the trial of two men accused of Pharis’s murder began in Santa Barbara County court. [Cal Coast Times]

In July 2015, Victor Martinez allegedly broke into the home of Pharis, a 64-year-old Air Force veteran and Vandenberg Air Force Base employee, while she was sleeping.  Martinez is accused of raping and beating Pharis with a hammer.

Eight days later, Pharis died in the hospital from a blood clot, according to the prosecution.

The case garnered national attention because Martinez was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been arrested six times in the previous 15 months, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. Martinez was released from Santa Barbara County Jail 96 hours before he allegedly attacked Pharis.

On Monday, prosecutors in the case indicated they would argue that Martinez was Pharis’s attacker and the second defendant, Jose Villagomez, was the lookout. The case is being tried with separate juries for the two defendants.

Opening statements began Monday in Villagomez’s trial in Santa Maria Superior Court. Martinez’s jury will hear opening statements on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Ann Bramson said, during Villagomez’s conversations with police, the defendant said he did not feel bad if Pharis died because he was not the one who hurt her. Investigators found Villagomez’s DNA in Pharis’s backyard.

Villagomez’s attorney, Michael Scott, said he will prove his client has a brain deficiency that prevents him from thinking properly. The defense attorney indicated he will not dispute a murder occurred, but will argue that Villagomez was not a major participant in the killing of Pharis.







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7 Comments

  1. Davidwilliams says:

    What is wrong with our state?! Thats like saying, ” well there are so many poor people here so we need to make California a sanctuary state for bank robbers” ya”ll broke the law. We are paying billions of dollars for them ro be here. Sorry your life is so bad in mexico, maybe ban together and fight to fix it and take back your nation.

  2. copperhead says:

    He will win by a landslide and California will go further to shit as a result. Easiest prediction of the year.

  3. George Bailey says:

    Folks,

    We must end this illegal alien invasion, hold corrupt politicians accountable, and end sanctuary state and sanctuary city policies. The murder of Mrs. Marilyn Pharis by an illegal alien should wake us all up, and her death could have been avoided if only politicians would have prioritized her life over the life of the illegal alien.

    Santa Maria politicians like Mayor Alice Patino and localSupervisor Steve Lavignino have both rolled out the red carpet to illegal aliens as a favor to their ‘Big Ag’ donors. Unfortunately for taxpayers, both Lavignino and Patino have chosen to betray their oath of office and cater to the undeserving. They even ordered ICE not to operate within city limits, and now Mrs. Pharis has been killed by a 7 time deported illegal alien who had several prior convictions.

    Remember, illegal is a crime, not a race, so do not confuse this issue and cry racism, it simply is not true.

    George

    Immediate Gang Injunction
    Mass Deportations
    Support ICE: Operation Safe Communities
    RIP: Mrs. Marilyn Pharis
    Illegal is a Crime, Not a Race
    Arrest Corrupt Politicians

  4. The Identarian says:

    Vote for Gavin Newsom, he likes folks such as Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez. In fact, if elected he wants to make sure he gets the right to vote.

  5. copperhead says:

    The reality behind the curtain is an ugly one.

  6. Robert1 says:

    Sue the government officials that voted in the sanctuary status, wrongful death suit.

  7. CCWine says:

    end sanctuary cities policies.
    they. do. not. work.

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