Update: There's been another arrest in the horrific slaying of Alicia Martinez, whose corpse was dismembered and abused after she was shot to death in October. Francesca Pagliasotti has been charged with helping accused killer Edward Thomas Romero cover up this gruesome crime. Below, find the latest from the Denver DA's office, a larger photo of Pagliasotti and previous coverage.
Denver District Attorney's Office release:
GIRLFRIEND CHARGED IN MURDER OF TEEN
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged a woman as an accessory today in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Alicia Martinez in October.
Francesca Pagliasotti (dob: 10-18-85) is charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder (F4).
The charge alleges that between October 22, 2010 and October 25, 2010, Pagliasotti helped Edward Romero conceal the murder of Martinez by cleaning the crime scene and lying to police.
Pagliasotti was arrested earlier this week and has been released from custody on at $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Denver County Courtroom 2100 on December 28, 2010, at 1:30 a.m. to be formally advised of the charge.
Update, 7:37 a.m. December 11: Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough warned that the autopsy of Alicia Martinez, allegedly slain by Edward Timothy Romero, would be shocking, and she certainly didn't overstate the case. After Martinez was killed, her body was dismembered, with some portions of her corpse never found and the skin removed from others.
There's no way to soft-pedal these horrific facts, and stories by the Denver Post and Channel 7 don't. But at this writing, no news agency has posted the entire autopsy report, and the coverage to date seems appropriately matter-of-fact rather than blatantly exploitative. This tone won't make reading and hearing about these awful occurrences any easier for Martinez's family and friends, who are no doubt still reeling from her death, but it's probably the best that can be hoped for under these unimaginably awful circumstances.
Below, find a mug shot of Edward Timothy Romero and our earlier coverage:
Edward Timothy Romero.
Original item, December 10, 2:13 p.m.: Moments ago, Westword received a call from Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough regarding the impending release of an autopsy report about October murder victim Alicia Martinez,; Edward Romero was arrested for the crime. Kimbrough's phoning local news outlets requesting "thoughtful" coverage of information that she characterizes as "very disturbing."
A previous release from the Denver coroner's office revealed that Martinez's body showed signs of "some disfigurement;" she had to be identified using dental records. Kimbrough declined to elaborate on that description at this writing, but she said the case "is very unusual. I read the report, and I found it very disturbing -- and I think it is deserving of some thoughtfulness rather than just a blanket posting of the report itself." She asks that news purveyors weigh the community's right to know against the feelings of "family members and friends of our victim."
That's good advice, and we'll endeavor to strike the right balance. Look below for our previous coverage of this terrible case.
Update, October 27, 6:44 a.m.: The admission by Denver's coroner that the body of sixteen-year-old Alicia Martinez, identified yesterday following the arrest of Edward Timothy Romero for investigation of murder, showed signs of "some disfigurement," understandably horrified her friends and family. Now, we have an idea about what this term means: Martinez had to be ID'd using dental records.
That's the word from 9News, which reported last night from Romero's home, where Martinez's body was discovered -- and where a vigil attended by approximately 200 people was held in her honor. Look below to see the station's report about the memorial, as well as our previous posts about this crime -- including the statement from the coroner's office:
Update, 12:44 p.m. October 26: The worst fears of Alicia Martinez's family and friends have been realized. Martinez, sixteen, was reported missing, and in their search for her, Denver Police officers discovered the body of a young woman -- and arrested Edward Timothy Romero on investigation of homicide.
Now, the Denver coroner confirms Martinez was the victim.
Here's the release from the coroner's office:
On October 25, 2010, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner responded to [the 4100 block of] Decatur Street in Denver on a report of a death. The identity of the decedent has been confirmed to be Ms. Alicia V. Martinez, date of birth Feb. 9, 1994. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide but the cause of death is pending at this time. There has been some disfigurement of the body, and the autopsy is ongoing. Questions regarding the investigation should be referred to the Denver Police Department.
Look below to read our initial post about this tragic story:
Original item, 6:58 a.m. October 26: On Sunday, the Denver Police Department officers identified Edward Timothy Romero, 26, as a suspect in the case of a missing sixteen-year-old girl. They soon found Romero, as well as a dead young woman.
The DPD has not yet confirmed the victim's identity, but Alicia Martinez, sixteen, was reported missing nearby.
Look below to see the official DPD release on the crime, as well as an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "See Larger Map."
Denver Police Department release:
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On October 24, 2010, Denver Police began an investigation into a missing 16-year old female. Police determined through interviews that missing teen might be dead. Detectives identified a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. Investigators identified the suspect as Edward Timothy Romero, 4/24/1984. Members of the Denver Police Department arrested Romero at 41st Avenue and Clay Street without incident. During a search of the crime scene, [on the 4100 block of] Decatur Street, detectives discovered the body of a young female.
Romero is currently held in the Denver City Jail for investigation of 1st degree murder. The mug shot of Romero is not being released at this time pending further investigation.
The identity of the victim and the cause of her death are not being released at this time pending the autopsy and notification of next of kin by the Office of the Medical Examiner.
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