Prosecutors: Child-Killer Murdered Mother and Son

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County prosecutors have charged child-killer Curtis Martin III with murdering a 17-month-old boy and then his mother to keep her quiet. According to the Chron and the Trib, Martin was arraigned on multiple murder charges with special circumstances yesterday that could result in the death penalty.

Authorities say Martin, who previously killed a 3-year-old in 1994, murdered his girlfriend's son, little Jashon Williams, whose body was discovered by kayakers on Sunday, floating in the bay near the Berkeley Marina. Then when Martin's girlfriend, Zoelina Williams kept asking about her son, he murdered her, too, and dumped her body in Berkeley's Aquatic Park, authorities say.

The Chron also reports that Martin had been charged with murder for his previous child-killing but obtained a plea deal with prosecutors, apparently because of unspecified "proof problems" that the judge in the case mentioned during the sentencing hearing. In that case, Martin was sentenced to eleven years in prison, but got out in five years.

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