Update Jan 13, 2010 PARENTS OF VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER SUSPECT ARRESTED
The parents of a 19-year-old woman charged with vehicular manslaughter in the December death of another young woman in San Jose turned themselves in to authorities this afternoon, a police spokesman said.Wilmar and Elizabeth Bautista, ages 44 and 41, surrendered at the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department in San Jose at about 3 p.m. and were booked on suspicion of aiding and abetting their daughter, police Officer Jermaine Thomas said.The daughter, Jennifer Bautista of Sunnyvale, faces one count of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with the death of her ex-girlfriend 20-year-old Norma Leticia Martinez on Dec. 28. She has also been charged with one felony count of hit-and-run and one misdemeanor count of driving while unlicensed. Martinez was found injured and bleeding in front of Our Lady Star of the Sea church at 1385 Michigan Ave. in the city’s Alviso neighborhood. She had been struck by a vehicle and died hours later at Regional Medical Center, police said.Jennifer Bautista was arrested in connection with the death, and police later issued warrants for the arrests of her parents. Thomas said Wilmar and Elizabeth Bautista had been uncooperative with investigators and delayed the investigation.Jennifer Bautista is expected to enter a plea in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Feb. 1. If convicted on all charges, she faces a possible maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
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San Jose police have issued a warrant for the arrest of the parents of 19-year-old Jennifer Bautista, charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of a San Jose woman last month.Wilmar and Elizabeth Bautista, ages 44 and 41, are being sought for aiding and abetting the suspect, police spokesman Jermaine Thomas said. Bautista, of Sunnyvale, faces one count of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with the death of 20-year-old Norma Leticia Martinez on Dec. 28.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.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.Bautista was arrested in downtown San Jose on Dec. 30, but police are still trying to locate the vehicle, described as a 1994 purple two-door Honda Civic or Accord, with license plate number 3JXG825. The driver’s side and front end of the vehicle is damaged, Thomas said.Bautista appeared in court today but did not enter a plea because she has not yet attained an attorney to represent her. She will return to court on Feb. 1. After the brief hearing ended, about 10 members of Martinez’s family, including her sister and mother, lingered outside wearing green and white T-shirts bearing her name, photo and the dates of her birth and death, designed by a friend of Martinez’s. Some of the family members wondered where Bautista’s parents were. They said detectives still have not gotten a hold of her parents or siblings.”We’re here to make sure they don’t let her out,” aunt Mary Ramirez said, adding, “Every hearing we’ll be here.”Bautista remains at the San Jose Main jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.The district attorney’s office has also charged her with one felony count of hit-and-run and one misdemeanor count of driving while unlicensed. If convicted on all charges, Bautista faces a possible maximum sentence of seven years in prison.