Martinez accused of striking man, breaking into home

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Opening arguments were scheduled to begin today in the trial of Julio Martinez, a Duval County man charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of a habitation.

On Monday, a jury of six men and six women was selected in an all-day process at the Duval County Courthouse in San Diego.

A Duval County grand jury indicted Martinez in December 2006 on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary of a habitation in connection with an Oct. 31, 2004 incident in which he allegedly struck a man in the head with a copper rod and broke into a home.

Martinez is represented by defense attorney Jaime Garza, and assistant district attorney Jon West is prosecuting the case.

Judge Alex Gabert, of the 229th District, is presiding over the trial.