Thursday, May 07, 2009

Jail inmate charged
in 2007 slaying of homeless woman

Orlando police have charged an Orange County jail inmate with murder in a 2007 killing.

Heath Helvey, 33, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Venus Martinez.

Martinez, 29, was found July 29, 2007, near the Orlando Lynx bus terminal alongside Interstate 4 near the intersection of Amelia and Garland. She was one of six victims of then-unsolved prostitute killings that year.

Helvey, who already was in custody at the jail on charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault of a law enforcement officer, admitted having a confrontation with Martinez, but denied killing her.

Read the Orlando Sentinel report here and Willoughby Mariano's Orlando Homicide Report blog post here. And see previous post here.


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