Murder suspect changes mind, requests lawyer

first_imgNORWALK – A man facing trial in the slaying of his estranged wife and the wounding of her boyfriend changed his mind Monday about representing himself in court. Norwalk Superior Court Judge Roger Ito granted Armando Martinez’s request for an attorney. Ito also said he will soon set a new trial date. Jury selection was supposed to start Monday. Instead, Martinez asked Ito for a lawyer. “At this time, I am mentally unstable to go to trial… so I need an attorney at this point,” Martinez told the judge. Ito pointed out that a jury panel has already been ordered. But he decided to appoint an attorney for Martinez anyway, saying the defendant asked “unequivocally” for a lawyer. Martinez faces 60 years to life if convicted of murder – a penalty Ito said he took into consideration in granting the defendant’s request for a lawyer. Martinez, 49, is charged with murder and attempted murder stemming from a July 16, 2005, shooting in Pico Rivera that killed Irma Martinez and injured Eric Hernandez. Authorities say Martinez shot Hernandez in the shoulder, then shot his estranged wife in the head as the two sat talking in a yard of a Pico Rivera house. Martinez went to Mexico after the shooting. He was arrested Nov. 1, 2005, in Tijuana and sent back to the United States in May 2006. Until Monday, Martinez had repeatedly said he wanted to represent himself at trial, Deputy District Attorney Hector Gutierrez said. Ito said that in his estimation Martinez has not done a good job of representing himself. He told Martinez the lawyer Ito appoints will be on standby, in case Martinez asks again to be his own attorney. Ito also told Martinez he has delayed the proceedings and called motions he filed “spurious.” At an August hearing in Whittier Superior Court, Martinez had an attorney, but he insisted then that he be permitted to represent himself. Judge Daniel Murphy denied his request then. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgFinn Harps make the trip to Tolka Park to face Shelbourne on Friday evening on the back of a run of fixtures that has seen them lose just once in ten games (kick-off 8.00pm).It’s a confident Harps that will take to the field against Shels on Friday, having conceded only once in their last six outings – that coming from the foot of Glen O’Connor whose late free-kick gave Longford a 1-0 win at Finn Park last month.While Harps have proven difficult to score against in the last couple of months, the same can be said of Harps when it comes to scoring goals. The two home games against Cobh and Galway in the last fortnight have seen scoreless draws and while Harps boss Ollie Horgan is happy to keep clean sheets he is also aware that his side don’t score enough goals.“I have said that many times before – we are difficult to beat but find it difficult to beat other teams also,” said Horgan.“We have defended well in recent games, ran our luck a little at times but were brave and disciplined on Friday night against Galway.“I am happy with effort put in by the players, it certainly wasn’t for lack of effort that we didn’t score in the last two games. Galway are a decent side and will be in the shake up at end of season. “Obviously I would have liked to have got three points out of game but unlike the draw the previous week against Cobh I didn’t look on the result as two points dropped. The result could have gone either way, especially in second half when game opened up,” continued Horgan as he reflected on the Galway game.Horgan’s defensive unit will have to change for the trip to Tolka Park on Friday as a number of players will be missing because of suspension. Josh Mailey is available again after missing last week’s game through suspension. However, Michael Funston is still banned and serves this last of his three match suspension while Keith Cowan and Caoimhin Bonner will also miss out for the same reason. Tommy McMonagle is a doubt.Shels hold the upper hand in the meetings between the sides this season. The early season meeting at Tolka Park finished in a 2-0 win for the hosts while the game at Finn Park in May finished in a 1-1 draw.  HARPS HOPING TO TURN THE TABLES ON SHELS ON FRIDAY NIGHT was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsShelbournelast_img read more

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1 Orlando Following massive publicity around the

first_img1. OrlandoFollowing massive publicity around the opening of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World this summer, Orlando is set to be extremely popular throughout 2011. The city is well known for its theme parks, and searches for flights to Orlando already rank number one on Skyscanner for travel in 2011. Interest will be further increased by the release of the final Potter film in July 2011 and the favourable USD-GBP exchange rate.2. Philippines and IndonesiaManila (+46 places) and Bali (+36 places) showed massive growth in traveller interest compared to last year’s rankings. Offering excellent value for money, these vast island nations are attracting budget conscious backpackers as well as higher-end travellers who may have already visited parts of South East Asia and now want to explore more of the region. Searches for flights to Bangkok were also on the rise, with the Thai capital moving up eight places to number three for 2011 travel.3. Serbia, Slovenia and the Eastern BlocEastern European countries in the Balkans and the Baltics will continue to see a rise in interest as British tourists become more aware that they offer a range of high quality holidays (ski, beach, city break) but at much lower prices than Western Europe.While many ski resorts traditionally popular with Brits may struggle to attract their normal visitor numbers this winter, Skyscanner has already seen a 130% rise in winter searches to Serbia, as savvy skiers head to Kopaonik, Serbia’s premier ski resort, for less than a third of the price of the French Alps.4. Down UnderNew Zealand will expect to see increased interest due to the World Cup Rugby which will bring more visitors and is likely to have a positive effect on searches for flights to Sydney and other part of Australia too. The filming of the two part Hobbit movie, due for release in 2012, will also help focus interest on ‘Middle Earth’. Christchurch entered the Top 100 most searched for destinations on Skyscanner for 2011, and Sydney moved up 10 places, entering the Top 10.5. Sri LankaCapital Colombo was the highest new entry in Skyscanner’s 2011 Top 100, entering the rankings at number 66. The end of the 25 year civil war last year has meant that this once popular tourist destination is back on the map and set to see strong growth throughout 2011.Social Travel Trends• In light of tougher financial times we expect to see an increase of travel to visit friends and family living abroad – a cheaper and often more rewarding option than a traditional holiday – and assisted by people reconnecting on Facebook• Blockbuster 2011 film releases such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, will increase ‘Jetsetter’ tourism to the places associated with the movies, such as Stockholm and Louisiana• More people will be travelling abroad this Easter due to the royal wedding and Easter holidays which allow 11 days of holiday by taking just 3 days leave. Skyscanner has already seen a 275% rise in searches for travel for this period since the wedding was announcedReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Brits heading east for better value holidays; Orlando rides the Harry Potter high; Sir Lanka set to rise2010 has been another testing year for the travel industry with financial woes, ash cloud disruption and the ‘Big Freeze’ all taking their toll on travellers. However, travel remains a priority with Brits who are reluctant to sacrifice their holidays and are still travelling in massive numbers.With traffic to flights comparison site Skyscanner rising 62% year on year, 2011 looks to be a robust 12 months for the travel market, although patterns are changing as travellers seek the best possible value. Looking ahead to 2011, Skyscanner predicts the big destinations for Brits. Related2012 Travel Trends Report from SkyscannerFind out which destinations came top in 2012, and where everyone’s heading in 2013!Busiest day of year for British travel bookers reports SkyscannerTomorrow (Tue 10 Jan) is ‘Skyber Tuesday’, the busiest day of the year for traffic to,Summer travel trends: winners and losers of British tourist trafficSkyscanner reveals this summer’s fastest growing destinations for British holidaymakerslast_img read more

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