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Husband charged with murder after wife dies from assault at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office told 10TV Alexandra Berrios was trying to leave an abusive relationship.
Credit: Franklin County Jail
Booking photo of Santiago Martinez

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — A man is facing a murder indictment for allegedly beating his wife at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in March which led to her death more than a month later, according to Franklin County court records.

Court documents state someone called the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on March 23 at 6:40 p.m. to report an assault at the park. When deputies responded, they found Alexandra Berrios suffering from multiple contusions, lacerations and a broken skull, according to court records. She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. 

Her husband, 42-year-old Santiago Martinez, was arrested later that same day during a traffic stop.

Martinez was originally indicted in April on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault. Berrios died on May 2 and Martinez was later indicted for murder.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office told 10TV Berrios was trying to leave an abusive relationship and that is why Martinez allegedly beat her.

Martinez entered a plea of not guilty in June.

He is in custody at the Franklin County Jail.