Killed – Russell Martens (Dale, TX)


A Caldwell County grand jury indicted three men on capital murder charges Wednesday for the December shooting death of a house sitter in Dale.

Russell Martens, 47, of Moundville, Ala., was found shot to death Dec. 12, 2013 of a home he had been watching while the owner was in the hospital. Investigators believe Martens was killed during a burglary.

Pedro Lucio, Trey Hopes and Louis Holt face capital murder charges. Police said Lucio, 23, had been involved in an unrelated drive-by shooting in Lockhart a few days before Martens’ death. When the car described by witnesses was found, police found items taken from the home where Martens was staying, police said.

DALE, Texas (KXAN) – The shooting death last December of a 47-year-old man at his uncle’s rural Caldwell County house has led to a wrongful death lawsuit against Girling Health Care, the company which employed the man’s caregiver.

Caldwell County deputies found the body of Russell Martens during a welfare check last December. The father of three had been shot twice in an apparent burglary attempt. Days after the killing, three local men were arrested in an unrelated incident. Police arrest records show items found in a car the trio was riding in belonged to Pete Dobbins, Martens’ uncle. Martens’ laptop and eyeglasses were also found in the vehicle, the police report shows.


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