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3 Indicted In Pulaski Co. Slaying, Arson

Posted at 9:04 AM, Apr 09, 2018

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (Commonwealth Journal) — A Pulaski County grand jury has returned a joint indictment against three Somerset people accused in the Feb. 24 death of Jorge Martinez.

The Commonwealth Journal reports here that Humberto E. Mesa-Vasquez, 34, has been held in the Pulaski County Detention Center since that day on charges of murder, second-degree arson and tampering with physical evidence. He faces an additional misdemeanor charge for abuse of a corpse.

The indictment served also charges Heberto Romero Ordonez, 24, and Gloria Ortega, 58, with complicity to second-degree arson, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse..

Preliminary results of the autopsy indicated that Martinez had died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in Pulaski Circuit Court on April 26.

Martinez’s body was discovered after a vehicle fire was reported to Pulaski 911 around 6:42 a.m. Feb. 24 near the 3500 block of Rush Branch Road. Once the fire was extinguished, his body was located inside the burned out 1997 Ford Escort LX.