Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Parents of dead woman’s ex-girlfriend to be arraigned

The parents of a Sunnyvale woman who has been charged in the death of her ex-girlfriend are to be arraigned today [Friday, January 22] on charges of being accessories to a felony.

Wilmar Edwin Bautista, 45, and Elizabeth Virginia Bautista, 41, had been sought by San Jose police for allegedly aiding and abetting their daughter, Jennifer Vanessa Bautista, 19.

Jennifer Bautista has been charged in the death of Norma Leticia “Leti” Martinez, 20, (pictured below) who died on December 28 after allegedly being run over.

Rhoda Martinez, Leti Martinez’s mother, has said the two women had had an abusive relationship that her daughter had ended the same month she was killed.

Sergeant Ronnie Lopez, a San Jose police spokesman, said Bautista’s parents turned themselves in last week. According to court records, their case was filed January 15. They’ll be arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Jennifer Bautista faces felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and hit and run, and a misdemeanor charge of being an unlicensed driver in connection with Martinez’s death.

She has not yet entered a plea and remains in the Santa Clara County main jail in San Jose on $500,000 bail.

Bautista’s parents are also in custody. Wilmar Bautista’s bail has been at $50,000. Elizabeth Bautista’s bail is $25,000.

Nick Muyo, spokesman for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, said if Jennifer Bautista is convicted of all the charges, she could face a maximum prison term of seven years.

Police had received a 911 call at 6:43 a.m. about a female lying in the street in front of 1355 Michigan Avenue in Alviso, according to court documents.

The documents indicate police and emergency personnel found Martinez, who lived a couple blocks away, “critically injured and bleeding profusely after being run over by a vehicle.” She was taken to a local hospital and died several hours later.

According to the documents, one witness who had been looking out her window at about 6:05 a.m. had seen the two women arguing. Moments later, she saw Martinez riding on the hood of the car as it went down Michigan Avenue. Another witness saw Martinez jump on the hood of the car before it headed down the street, the documents showed. The car had stopped briefly, then later stopped a second time for a longer period before driving away.

On Wednesday, December 30, police located Jennifer Bautista during a vehicle stop near South Seventh and Tully streets, south of downtown San Jose, said Thomas. Alviso is north of San Jose and is patrolled by San Jose police.

Bautista, who had been sought as a “person of interest,” was arrested later that day after hours of questioning.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 22, 2010 @ 1:02 pm PST
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