UPDATE: Violent home invasion
Posted: Oct 12, 2009 04:39 PM CDT
COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla. - The woman that was found in critical condition after a violent home invasion south of Cache died in Comanche County Memorial Hospital Monday night.
Fifty-five year old Martha Miller died late Monday night from her injuries. Her husband, Carl Still, remains in critical condition at memorial hospital. The two were brutally beaten in their home early Monday morning. Their son, Shawn Monk, also was badly beaten.
Police now have the suspect, 29-year-old Mica Martinez, in custody. He faces three charges and now one charge is murder.
The police tape is the only visible sign that something terrible happened at the house on U.S. Highway 115 and Woodlawn. It was a scene of such brutality that shocked even experienced law enforcement.
"This is a very bad crime. It is one of the worse I have seen in many years of my law enforcement," said Comanche County Sheriff Ken Stadley.
That is why they are still working hard to put the case against Martinez together.
"Mrs. Miller has passed away in the night. It's been upgraded to first degree murder in reference to her," said Stradley.
He says if the Miller's son Shawn had not been staying the night at their house, the situation could have been much worse.
"He was pretty well tore up on top of his head where he got split open and they put several staples in his head, but he is as good as can be expected at this time."
His dad Carl has undergone surgery and remains in critical condition.
"We've got enough to go to the DA and everything with this situation and we are continuing to put it together."
Stradley still does not know how Martinez got inside the house. It does not appear as if he forced his way in.
"At this time we are not coming with any motive. We have the rest of the story we just don't have the beginning and we're hoping the gentleman will pull through and he can tell us how it all began."
Neighbors of the Miller's are still in shock with the brutal nature of the crime and the fact that it occurred in their neighborhood. They say the Miller's were great people. Martinez faces charges on first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and first-degree burglary.
The sheriff's office says this is not the first time they have dealt with Martinez. They say just a couple of months ago they arrested him on aggravated assault and battery. They say he brutally beat a woman and was out on $3,000 bond.