Fight to save woman's life detailed in accused killer's trial

Prosecutors say Gabriel Martinez killed common-law wife

By Paul Venema - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A desperate hospital run to save the life of a shooting victim was detailed by a paramedic in the trial of a man accused of firing the shots and killing his common-law wife. 

Prosecutors said at the opening of the murder trial of Gabriel Martinez, 37, that he shot and killed Lori Lee Ortiz, 35, and then turned the gun on himself in what they described as an attempted murder-suicide.

Martinez was critically wounded in the May 2016 shooting at the couple’s Southwest Side home. Ortiz died on the way to the hospital, according to a paramedic who testified Monday during the trial.

The paramedic told the jury of the emergency trip to the hospital in an emergency medical services unit in a desperate attempt to save Ortiz’s life.

“They had no pulse, but did have electrical activity on the monitor, and so they would continue doing CPR,”  said Ramon Casanova, paramedic supervisor, in court. 

Martinez, prosecutors said, was angry and accused Ortiz of having an affair.

Martinez faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if he is found guilty.

Testimony will continue Tuesday in Judge Ron Rangel’s 379th District Court.

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