PLAINFIELD, N.J. (TCD) -- A jury convicted a 23-year-old man this week of strangling his girlfriend to death in 2020.
On Tuesday, July 11, a Union County jury returned the guilty verdict against Bryan Gonzalez Martines on one count of first-degree murder following a monthlong trial, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced. The jury deliberated for less than a day.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, on the morning of Monday, July 6, 2020, the Plainfield Police Department conducted a welfare check at a home in the 700 block of Kensington Avenue and found 19-year-old Brenda Montoya-Cruz deceased.
An affidavit obtained by NJ.com alleges the victim’s boyfriend, Gonzalez Martines, was inside the apartment on the day of the welfare check, but as police were responding to the home, he jumped off a second-story roof and escaped.
Inside the apartment, officers reportedly found Gonzalez Martines’ wallet, and a juvenile neighbor identified him to police.