28 October 2020
 
 

 NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
 Acting Major Barry Chase
 Troop E Commander
 

 

PRESS RELEASE
 
UPDATE:
 

On November 2, 2020, a Wayne County Grand Jury handed up Indictments against Linda Martinez (53 years old) Brandon H. Williams (27 years old) and Mark T. Shannon (54 years old) subsequent to an ongoing criminal investigation into the homicide of Rafael Martinez.  Linda Martinez’s indictment was for one count each of Murder 2nd. Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd. Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. She remains in the Wayne County Jail subsequent to her arrest on October 28, 2020. 

Shannon and Williams, both of 12950 Old State Route 31 in Savannah, were indicted for one count each of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd. Degree,  Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd. Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Williams and Shannon were arrested on the indictments on November 4, 2020, arraigned in Wayne County Court and remanded to the Wayne County Jail.

 

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On October 25, 2020, the State Police responded to an address in the village of Clyde, Wayne County, for a report of a missing adult male.  On October 28, 2020, the State Police arrested Linda R. Martinez, age 53, of Caroline Street, Clyde, New York for Murder in the second degree.  Martinez was committed to the Wayne County Jail awaiting centralized arraignment.  On October 28, 2020, members of the State Police Underwater Recovery Team, assisted by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and CSX Railroad, recovered the body of Rafael Martinez, age 59, of Caroline Street, Clyde, New York from the Seneca River in Cayuga County.  The victim, Rafael Martinez, is the husband of the suspect, Linda R. Martinez.  The investigation is on-going and further details will be released in the future.  State Police are being assisted by the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the village of Clyde Police Department and the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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