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Murder suspect arraigned

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Magistrate sets Aguilar’s bond at $1 million cash

By Martin Salazar

Suzanne Aguilar called 911 at about 7:26 a.m. Friday and told the dispatcher that she had stabbed her husband.

When police arrived at the home on the 1400 block of Salazar Street, they found Michael Martinez lying on a bed and could see that he had been stabbed. He wasn’t breathing, and his body was cold. Officers tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.

Those are among the scant details contained in court documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday charging Aguilar, 45, with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.

Aguilar, who is jailed at the San Miguel County Detention Center, was arraigned by Magistrate Philip Romero Monday afternoon via video conferencing. During the arraignment, Romero advised her of her rights and set her bond at $1 million cash only.

Aguilar, who was shown through two video monitors in the courtroom, showed no emotion during the hearing. As Romero explained that she was facing a capital murder charge and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted, she tried to speak. Romero quickly advised her that she shouldn’t speak while her rights were being explained.

She later answered a series of questions from a court clerk.

When asked whether she was single or married, she responded, “Widowed.”

In response to where she would be living if she were to bond out, she said, “I’ll be living with my parents.”

She also told the court that she was not employed.

“I was a housewife,” she said.

Outside the courtroom, a man who identified himself as Aguilar’s father declined to talk to a reporter.

The probable cause statement filed Monday contains few details about the stabbing and what led up to it. It does state that during an interview with a Las Vegas Police Department investigator, “Ms. Aguilar admitted to stabbing Mr. Martinez.”

Police also found evidence that Aguilar tried to clean up the scene and clothing after stabbing Martinez, the criminal complait states.

Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said Sunday that Martinez, 48, had been stabbed multiple times. An autopsy revealed that he had been stabbed through the heart.

Martinez graduated from West Las Vegas High School, according to his obituary. He was retired from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, where he worked as a security guard.