Capital Murder Suspect Accepts Plea Deal 8/14/13
Ector County District Attorney's Office
(Odessa)- Ector County District Attorney, Bobby Bland, issues the following statement:
This afternoon Ralph Martinez, Jr. pled guilty to the February, 2011 Capital Murder of Zachery Dominguez.
In return for his plea, he received life without parole.
The State was prepared to go to trial and seek the death penalty beginning August 22, 2013.
The State waived the death penalty in return for his plea of guilty and his agreement to testify against Kimberly Ann Moore.
Kimberly Ann Moore, the mother of Zachery Dominguez, and Evangelina Quezada, Ralph Martinez’s mother, are also charged in the death of Zachery Dominguez.
The State has agreed to be lenient against Evangelina Quezada in exchange for the plea.
District Attorney Bobby Bland said “This plea prevents the 5 and 13 year old surviving siblings of Zachery Dominguez from having to testify and undergo all the scrutiny and stress they would be put under at trial. Ralph Martinez will die in prison for this heinous crime, just as he should. This plea insures justice for Zachery Dominguez while preventing further harm to those children who survived. The Family of Zachery Dominguez fully and completely supported the actions of the District Attorney’s office in this case.”
All persons summoned for jury duty at the Ector County Coliseum on August 22, 2013 are no longer required to appear.