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Pair could face death penalty in Lorain woman's homicide

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    Antonio Martinez, left, and Lorenzo Garcia, right, are currently in custody and facing charges of aggravated murder in connection with the homicide of Linda Wisniewski.

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ELYRIA – Two Lorain County men face the death penalty after being indicted on capital murder charges in connection to the killing of a 67-year-old Lorain woman.

Lorenzo Garcia, 31, of Elyria, and Antonio Martinez, 24, of Lorain, face 38-count and 36-count indictments, respectively, for the alleged aggravated murder of Linda Wisniewski, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday.

Garcia was indicted on eight counts of aggravated murder, five counts of murder, two counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of aggravated robbery, one count of attempted murder, six counts of kidnapping, four counts of felonious assault, two counts of theft, four counts tampering with evidence, one count grand theft of a motor vehicle and a count of having weapons under disability.

Most of the counts for Garcia also include a firearms specification. All eight counts of aggravated murder also contain six specifications because law enforcement believes the murder of Wisniewski took place during a home invasion in which Garcia and Martinez planned on committing murder and Garcia was the principal offender.

Martinez also faces eight counts of aggravated murder, five counts of murder, two counts of aggravated burglary, five counts of aggravated robbery, six counts of kidnapping, four counts of felonious assault, a count of attempted murder, two counts of theft, two counts of tampering with evidence, one count having weapons under disability and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Most of the counts in Martinez’s indictment also contain a firearms specification and the eight counts of aggravated murder have six specifications similar to those contained in Garcia’s indictment.

The two men are the only suspects police have identified in the death of Wisniewski.

Police have said that around 10 p.m. March 27, officers responded to a “burglary in progress” call at 3625 Amherst Ave. in Lorain. Upon arrival, officer found Wisniewski dead.

Kenneth “Chip” Williams, 28, who relatives described as a close family friend of Wisniewski, was found with serious injuries and was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Police arrested Garcia and Martinez later that week in connection with the incident, charging them with aggravated murder.

Both men were being held on $1 million cash and $1 million personal bond, but according to court documents both are now being held without bond in Lorain County Jail.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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