TAMPA — A Brandon man has been charged with October’s fatal stabbing of his girlfriend and another woman. The arrest came after his father said his son had confessed the killings to him.
Charles A. Martinez, 24, was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder and arson. The arson charge was filed because deputies say Martinez set his girlfriend’s home on fire to cover up the crime.
Martinez had been jailed since October on unrelated charges of armed home invasion, false imprisonment, burglary and grand theft. He now is accused of stabbing to death his 25-year-old girlfriend, Lindsay Nicole Greene, in the Brandon townhouse the two shared. He also is charged with fatally stabbing Greene’s friend, Jennifer Kalb, 23, of Brandon.
Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies released an arrest affidavit on Friday, outlining what they say happened on the night of the homicide.
Martinez and Greene were romantically involved, and Martinez lived in the townhouse part-time, according to the affidavit. Both were friends with Kalb and her boyfriend, whose name was not released and who was not there when the homicides took place.
On Thursday, Martinez’ father came forward and recanted a previous statement that he knew nothing of the homicides. The father, whose name was redacted from the affidavit, said Martinez had confessed to him that he had killed the two women.
According to the affidavit, Martinez told his father that on Oct. 9, he got into a confrontation with one of the women. When the other came to her aid, stabbed them both to death, according to the affidavit.
After that, Martinez drove Greene’s vehicle to an address in Seffner and parked the car behind the property, the affidavit said. He was seen with lacerations on his hands, which he had covered with bandages, the affidavit said. He also had an injury to his face. He later told friends that he got the injuries in a fight with unknown men in Tampa earlier that night.
Another witness told deputies he saw Martinez wiping down the inside of Greene’s car and with the help of a friend, abandoned the car on Pettie Road near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Deputies found the car the next day.
On Oct. 10, Greene’s relatives called authorities to report she had failed to pick up her son from day care the previous day.
Deputies went to the her home at 1528 Highland Ridge Circle and found the bodies of Greene and Kalb inside the charred townhouse.
A DNA test on blood taken from a kitchen light switch matched Martinez’ DNA, the affidavit said, and blood belonging to Greene was later found on a shirt Martinez was seen wearing that night.
Deputies knew Martinez lived there and had a key. The dead bolt on the front door was locked by someone on the outside and deputies settled on Martinez as a possible suspect almost immediately.
The witness statement obtained this week from Martinez’ father was enough for them to file the capital murder charges against Martinez.