Parents of Alviso Suspect Wanted by Police

Monday, Jan 11, 2010  |  Updated 5:30 PM PDT
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Parents of Alviso Suspect Wanted by Police

San Jose Police

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San Jose police have issued a warrant for the arrest of the  parents of the woman allegedly involved in the death of an Alviso woman.

Jennifer Bautista, 19, is charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Norma Leticia Martinez on Dec. 28.

Wilmar and Elizabeth Bautista, ages 44 and 41, are being sought  for aiding and abetting the suspect, police spokesman Jermaine Thomas said.  Investigatos say the couple was not truthful with them about their daughter's whereabouts in the days following Martinez'death.

Thomas told reporters police are actively searching for the parents as well as the vehicle alledgely used in the incident.

Martinez was found injured and bleeding 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.

Jennifer Bautista, of Sunnyvale, faces one count of felony vehicular  manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with the death.

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 Monday 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.
 

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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