COVINGTON, Ga. – A Mexican citizen charged with the first murder in Newton County in 2018 made his first court appearance Monday morning.
Miguel Angel Garcia-Martinez, 32, listened through an interpreter as Probate Judge Melanie Bell read the list of charges against him in the courtroom at the Newton County Jail.
Garcia-Martinez was arrested Saturday for an afternoon murder on Russell Drive on the east side of the county. The victim has not yet been identified.
Miguel Angel Garcia-Martinez makes first court apperanceMiguel Angel Garcia-Martinez, 32, of Conyers, makes his first court apperance before Probate Judge Melanie Bell on Monday morning, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Newton County Jail in Conyers. Garcia-Martinez is accused of murder in connection with a homicide Saturday on Russell Drive near Covington.
In addition to murder charges, Garcia-Martinez also is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony — all felonies — and pointing a pistol at another person. A grand jury will consider the felony charges against Garcia-Martinez at a later date.
Bell, the county’s chief magistrate, explained bond would be set at a later time. She said if bond is denied, Garcia-Martinez would be entitled to a probable-cause hearing at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Newton County Judicial Center.
Garcia-Martinez asked for the court’s help to apply for a public defender.
As a Mexican citizen, Garcia-Martinez will have the right to have a representative of his home nation’s consulate at court proceedings.
The Sheriff’s Office website lists Garcia-Martinez as homeless from Conyers.
Managing Editor Jackie Gutknecht and Editor and Publisher David Clemons contributed to this report.