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Lowndes County grand jury indicts 2015 murder suspect

She was indicted in connection with the 2015 murder of Manuel Vasquez.

Posted: Nov 21, 2019 3:35 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A grand jury has indicted a woman in connection to the 2015 murder of a man in New Hope.

The Lowndes County grand jury indicted Lydia Martinez, 60, for first-degree murder and accessory after the fact.


Lydia Martinez | Source: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

She was booked into the Lowndes County jail on Thursday.

The victim was identified as Manuel Vasquez.

Martinez is the mother of the man’s wife, Christina Martinez Vasquez. Both women were arrested in connection with his disappearance.

According to The Associated Press in 2015, his mother reported him missing on July 13, 2015; however, other people said he left on June 24 for a retreat without saying where it was.

At the time, investigators believed Manuel Vasquez was killed in a house in New Hope and his body was burned in a container in the backyard.

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