AZTEC — The Flora Vista man accused of shooting at three sheriff's deputies, helping dismantle and later burn a vehicle believed to be used in the murder of Anthony Jacquez and spitting on a detective while incarcerated was back in court Monday for a second of three preliminary hearings.

Martin Martinez, 47, faces three counts of third-degree felony on a peace officer and one count of fourth-degree felony tampering with evidence after he allegedly shot at three sheriff's deputies while they were conducting surveillance next to Martinez's property in connection with Jacquez's murder.

On June 18, while incarcerated, Martinez allegedly spit on a sheriff's detective, who was attempting to obtain a DNA sample, as part of the continued investigation, Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said.

Jacquez's body was found May 27 in a remote area about two miles north of NM 516. An autopsy revealed he was shot five times at close range in the back of the head.

Deputies believe Jacquez was shot inside a car belonging to Martinez's daughter, Sarah, and was later dumped in the remote area. Evidence collected indicates at least five people including both Sarah and her father dismantled, partially burned and later buried the car.

A magistrate judge ordered Monday that the aggravated assault and battery on a peace officer charges against Martinez be bound over to district court.

Sheriff's deputy Terry McCoy testified that he was about 100 feet away from Martinez when the shots were fired.


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The charges of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence already were bound over to district court following a preliminary hearing Friday.

This is one of what likely will be many preliminary hearings surrounding the Jacquez murder.

Sarah Martinez, Vincent Montoya and Richard Winters are expected to appear in magistrate court this week and next.