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* Jennifer Bautista Charged With Alviso Killing Of Norma Leticia Martinez

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A 19-year-old woman was arraigned today in Santa Clara County Superior Court on one count of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with the death of another young woman who was found lying in the middle of a San Jose street last week.Sunnyvale resident Jennifer Bautista, who was initially arrested for murder, was also arraigned on one felony count of hit-and-run and one misdemeanor count of driving while unlicensed, according to Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Amy Cornell.If convicted on all charges, Bautista faces a possible maximum sentence of seven years in prison.She will return to court for a plea entry and bail hearing on Jan. 11. Bautista was arrested in downtown San Jose Wednesday on suspicion of killing 20-year-old Norma Leticia Martinez.Martinez was found injured and bleeding profusely in front of Our Lady Star of the Sea church at 1385 Michigan Ave. on the morning of Dec. 28. She had been run over by a vehicle, according to police, and died hours later at Regional Medical Center.A witness told detectives she saw Bautista and Martinez arguing Monday morning. The witness told police she saw Martinez riding atop the hood of a vehicle as the car drove south on Michigan Avenue, according to police.When officers arrested Bautista, she admitted to being involved in the altercation and driving the vehicle with Martinez on top, according to police.Police are still trying to locate the vehicle, described as a 1994 purple two-door Honda with license plate number 3JXG825. Martinez’s older sister has said that Bautista and Martinez were involved in an on-again off-again romantic relationship and had recently broken up.

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