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Family members of gunshot victim testify in Martinez murder trial


A Woodbury County jury heard testimony from the husband of the woman shot and killed on Sioux City's west side, last year.

Fernando Jaimes Martinez is on trial for first-degree murder and other related charges.

Most of the forensic evidence has been worked through by both the prosecution and the defense, but today's testimony was about recreating the events of the early morning on September 22, 2012 for the jury.

That's when police say Fernando Jaimes-Martinez killed 27-year old Karla Gonzalez.

Three witnesses say they observed a fight across the street when one of the men in the front yard began yelling at them.

Alonzo Hernandez, the husband of the victim, said he ran across the street, and that's when two of the men there drew knives.

Alonzo's brother, Hector Hernandez said he ran to help him, and that's when all three witnesses say they were stabbed.  They say they ran and heard gunfire.

"I was shouting, 'on the ground, to the ground,' and I threw myself to the ground," Alonzo Hernandez, husband of the victim said.

Alonzo Hernandez said he noticed his wife on the ground and rushed to her side.  "I went to hold her, but by then she didn't respond at all," Hernandez said.

"My brother was grabbing her head, and he was screaming," Hector Hernandez said.

Hector Hernandez says he knew he was badly wounded, but wanted to make sure Karla was taken care of.

"No one knew that I had been hurt, and I hid behind the door of the car so no one would be concerned about me so they could take Karla," Hector Hernandez said.

"He was almost losing consciousness, and I grabbed him and covered his wound," Jorge Beltran said.

Alonzo and Hector Hernandez had surgery for their stab wounds that same evening and Jorge Beltran got stitches for the stab wound to his hand.

The attorneys only got through the testimony of three witnesses on Monday.

The witness list is unpublished, but attorneys said they expect the state's case to carry on through Thursday.  That means the trial could run through next week, but likely won't last into Thanksgiving.

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