the republic logo

Southwest Idaho man charged with murdering girlfriend, destroying evidence


NAMPA, Idaho — A southwest man police say killed his girlfriend by hitting her in the head with a hammer and then buried her body in a cornfield has been charged with second-degree murder.

Authorities on Thursday also charged 38-year-old Alfredo M. Martinez of Nampa with destroying evidence and failure to notify authorities of a death.

Police found the body of 36-year-old Selena Dawn Thomas Aug. 21 and a coroner determined she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Court records say Martinez told officers he hit her in the head with a hammer and then pushed her and caused her to hit her head on a dresser.

Court records say he also told investigators he buried her in the cornfield with the help of three other men.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)





Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.