Man convicted for beating woman to death in her Stockton home

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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A man accused of beating and killing a woman in her own Stockton home in 2020 was convicted by a jury on Friday, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.Watch previous coverage in the player aboveSteven Martinez was found guilty of one count of murder and one count of residential burglary. The jury also convicted Martinez of two special circumstance allegations: murder in the commission of a burglary and murder in the commission of torture.Martinez killed 57-year-old Mary Sellars after entering her home. Stockton police said Martinez then stole her pickup truck.Sellars was discovered after a neighbor noticed the front door to her home on Village Green Drive was open.Friends described Sellars to KCRA 3 as a nice woman who loved cats and lived alone after her husband died six years prior. “The heinous acts committed by Steven Martinez have no place in our community,” said District Attorney Ron Freitas in a statement. “Today’s verdict ensures that he will be held accountable for his actions.”Martinez is back in court on Aug. 9.See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

A man accused of beating and killing a woman in her own Stockton home in 2020 was convicted by a jury on Friday, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

Watch previous coverage in the player above

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Steven Martinez was found guilty of one count of murder and one count of residential burglary. The jury also convicted Martinez of two special circumstance allegations: murder in the commission of a burglary and murder in the commission of torture.

Martinez killed 57-year-old Mary Sellars after entering her home. Stockton police said Martinez then stole her pickup truck.

Sellars was discovered after a neighbor noticed the front door to her home on Village Green Drive was open.

Friends described Sellars to KCRA 3 as a nice woman who loved cats and lived alone after her husband died six years prior.

“The heinous acts committed by Steven Martinez have no place in our community,” said District Attorney Ron Freitas in a statement. “Today’s verdict ensures that he will be held accountable for his actions.”

Martinez is back in court on Aug. 9.

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.