Sunglasses lens provides link to solve NM homicide

January 9, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — DNA evidence from a sunglasses lens left behind at a home where a resident was killed during a burglary has enabled Santa Fe police to close the homicide case.

Police concluded that the evidence pointed to the guilt of a man who himself later became a homicide victim, The New Mexican ( ) reported Wednesday.

The lens found at the home of artist Ethaan Boyer, 34, and his wife after he was killed Feb. 23 during a [auth] break-in had DNA that linked David Martinez, 53, to the scene, police said.

Investigators believe Boyer interrupted at least one burglar. His wife found her husband’s body when she returned home.

Ballistics tests indicate that the same revolver used to kill Martinez also was used to kill Boyer several weeks earlier in this home, police said.

“The Boyer case is closed,” police Capt. Aric Wheeler said. “We believe strongly that David Martinez is the individual responsible for the killing of Ethaan Boyer.”

The gun was found on the body of Martinez where it was found dumped near the Santa Fe River.

Wheeler said police recognized the lens from a photo of David Martinez that was published in The New Mexican after his death.

In the photo, provided to the newspaper by a member of the Martinez family, the sunglasses are perched on top of Martinez’s head.

David Martinez’s brother, Felix Martinez, awaits trial on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Police affidavits for Felix Martinez’s arrest said he shot his brother during an argument after a night of drinking.

David Martinez was staying at the home of Sam Leyba. Stolen jewelry found at that place included some belonging to Boyer’s widow, Annie Oxenhandler.

Leyba is jailed on charges of tampering with evidence and possession of stolen property.

Wheeler said there is no physical evidence to show that either Leyba or Felix Martinez was involved in Boyer’s homicide.

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