A Murfreesboro man accused of killing his wife has a disturbing past.
54-year-old Martin Benito Montemayor is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Judith Montemayor.
Police responded to a home on Sunset Avenue regarding a domestic situation and that’s where they arrested Martin.
“It is a sad situation, especially when there is a death involved,” Murfreesboro Police PIO Larry Flowers told News 2.
A cross and Texas star decorate the outside of the home where police responded in the early morning hours Sunday.
The home is now a crime scene.
“When officers arrived, they did surround the home and the suspect did surrender peacefully. He was taken into custody,” explained Flowers.
They charged Martin for killing his wife Judith. An autopsy will be performed to find out exactly how she died.
Martin is being held at the Rutherford County jail without bond.
Not only is he charged with first-degree murder, but also with being a “fugitive from justice” on an outstanding warrant for violating parole in Texas.
According to the Director of Communications for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Martin Montemayor came into their system in 1983 on an aggravated assault and a murder charge. He was sentenced to 18 years.
While in prison, he was charged with murdering his cellmate and sentenced to another 15 years.
However, he was released in 2004 on mandatory supervision.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says the mandatory supervision law was passed due to prison overcrowding.
A few years later, in 2007 Martin was arrested again, this time for kidnapping and charged with five years.
However, he was also released again on mandatory supervision in 2015.
Martin has been wanted in Texas since 2016 for violating his terms, they told News 2 that he walked out of a halfway house.