Opening arguments in sex abuse trial - FOX34 Lubbock

Opening arguments in sex abuse trial

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Day one of the Asencion Martinez trial wrapped up Tuesday afternoon at the Lubbock County Courthouse.

The 32-year-old Slaton man is accused of sexually abusing a young family for years.

On Tuesday, the defense and prosecution presented their opening statements to a jury of 6 men and 6 women.

The State also called its first two witnesses, both of which interviewed the alleged victim in May 2015 when she came forward. 

The defense argued that the alleged victim and her mother are lying for ulterior motives and the case is contaminated by shoddy police work.

On the other hand, the prosecution claimed the abuse lasted for several years, and the defendant admitted guilt when he was confronted by alleged victim's mother.



Mugshot of Asencion Martinez Jr.



A police interview with the victim, recorded on body camera footage in 2015, was presented as evidence in court on Tuesday.

It shows the apparent victim tearfully recounting the abuse. 

She told a Slaton police officer, that the abuse began when she was 12, and continued to escalate until she was 15.

At the time of the interview, she was 17. 

The defense scrutinized the officer's training and expertise to deal with such sensitive situations. 

It was also called into question why he believed the victim without both sides of the story.

A representative from the Child Advocacy Center  (CAC) also corroborated the testimony from the body camera footage, with an interview conducted by one of their representatives. 

Martinez is currently out on bond.

Court is expected to be back in session on Wednesday at 9 A.M. 

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