San Antonio, Texas, June 16, 2017: This afternoon, a Bexar County jury sentenced Julian Martinez, age 19, to 30 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the March 2016 murder of Amanda Acosta. On Thursday, jurors found Martinez guilty of Acosta’s death.
On March 14, 2016, Julian Martinez attended a party in the 200 block of Cavalier Avenue where he got into a fight with another party goer. Witnesses said Martinez punched the party goer after getting upset over the opposing gang colors he was wearing. The party goer left the home with the victim, Amanda Acosta, and another friend. Shortly after leaving the party, Acosta’s friend heard a loud bang inside their vehicle and then realized it was a gunshot. The friend testified Amanda told her she had been shot and she thought she was joking. Once she realized Acosta had in fact been shot, her friends drove her to a nearby hospital, however, she passed away a short time later from a gunshot wound to her back. Amanda died just a few days shy of her eighteenth birthday. Days following Amanda’s death, her family held a benefit barbecue plate sale to help pay for funeral expenses. Martinez showed up to the benefit and even wore an “In Loving Memory” shirt and posed with her family in a picture shown to jurors during his trial.
San Antonio Police centered on Martinez as a suspect after several eye witnesses who were at the party identified him as the shooter or as a person in a violent altercation immediately before the shots were fired. Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Jason Goss and Clint Malloy from our Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Martinez.