FROM 2017: This is our original report on the fatal stabbing that occurred at the victim's home in northwest Harris County.
COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A 23-year-old Cypress man has been sentenced
to life in prison for the 2017 murder of a mother of four inside the
Habitat for Humanity home she helped build for her family.
Navarrete-Torres was sentenced and fined $10,000 after he was convicted
for the fatal stabbing of 37-year-old Christine Martinez in the 19900
block of Great Elms Drive in northwest Harris County on Feb. 3, 2017.
The house was built by Habitat for Humanity, and Martinez helped construct the home with her family.ORIGINAL STORY: Son finds mom's body covered in blood in NW Harris Co.
20-year-old son told investigators that he left the family's home
around midnight that night to pick up his younger brother from work.
When they returned home, the brothers found that someone had forced their way inside and stabbed their mother in her bedroom.
said at the time that one of the brothers found their mother covered in
blood and tried to perform CPR, but the woman had died.
Martinez had been stabbed 37 times, said Assistant District Attorney Janna Oswald.
Martinez was a loving and caring mother who should have been safe in
her own home," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
to court records, Navarrete-Torres broke into the home and knew where
the valuables were because he had been in there as a friend and
co-worker of Martinez's children.
"We argued that he has not shown any real remorse or accountability for his actions," Oswald said.
identified Navarrete-Torres as the prime suspect in the case because of
fingerprint identification and because he knew where valuable items
were in Martinez's son's room.The video above is from the original 2017 report on Christine Martinez's fatal stabbing.