- Immigrant Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista was stabbed to death in her Texas home.
- Martín Ayala Mónico, the woman’s ex-boyfriend, was captured for being the alleged murderer.
- The woman suffered constant abuse on the part of her boyfriend who even beat her.
Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista was murdered at her home in Houston, Texas, three months ago and her alleged murderer was finally captured. The Homicide Division of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) captured Martín Ayala Mónico, the woman’s ex-boyfriend, for being the alleged perpetrator of her death.
Martín Elías Ayala Mónico, 34, is already detained in the Harris County prison accused of the serious crimes of sexual abuse of minors, aggravated assault on a member of his family and the murder of his ex-girlfriend Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista, 33, a mother of five children and an immigrant from Honduras.
Karla Sierra Bautista, one more victim of domestic violence
In the documents of the case it is revealed that the immigrant Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista was the mother of two children, but who, at the time of the crime, were not in her custody since the Child Protection Department (CPS) had taken care of the children for a reason that is not recorded in the investigation.
Martín Elías Ayala Mónico will face his criminal proceedings before Judge Te’iva Bell de la 339th Criminal District Court in Harris County. Only the murder charge like the one Ayala Mónico faces for the death of his ex-girlfriend according to the Texas State Penal Code It is punishable by a sentence of 20 to 99 years in prison.
Concerned neighbors call authorities
According to the legal documents of the case on the afternoon of last and rainy Thursday, June 3, 2021, the neighbors and friends of Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista called the emergency number to report that at least since May 27, 2021, no one knew nothing of the women since he did not communicate with anyone of the people close to his life.
HCSO patrols were dispatched to the woman’s mobile home at 1700 Lori Lane in the eastern Houston metropolitan area of Channelview to confirm that the woman was okay. HCSO officers do these kinds of routine services every day ensuring people’s well-being.
They discover the body of Karla Sierra Bautista
On the afternoon of that day, the agents showed up at the H&H Mobile Home Park to check that the immigrant Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista was okay. The HCSO agents were struck by the fact that no one responded from inside the house, so they decided to force their entry through the door of the mobile home.
The agents who entered the mobile home noted in their report that they found the woman stabbed to death, it is not detailed where in the house, and that she had been killed for several days. The patrols then requested the presence of the Homicide Division agents to investigate the death of Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista.
The name of Martín Ayala Mónico arises in the investigation
From the beginning of the investigation, the agents of the Homicide Division of the HCSO knew that in the death of the immigrant Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista they had to question her ex-boyfriend Martín Ayala Mónico, originally from El Salvador, since there was a history of domestic violence from the man against woman.
The agents of the Homicide Division of the HCSO discovered, in the criminal records of the county, that Martín Elías Ayala Mónico had beaten his then-girlfriend Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista in a brutal way in an incident that was even observed by several neighbors in another mobile home neighborhood.
The beating of Karla Sierra Bautista
The HCSO report details that on Saturday, August 24, 2019, Martín Elías Ayala Mónico left the house that he shared with his girlfriend Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista, on Debbie Drive, also in Channelview, and went to the store to buy beers and snack. Then he came back and was drinking all afternoon that Saturday.
When Martín Elías Ayala Mónico was already very drunk, he began to argue with his girlfriend Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista and at one point the man became very violent. The reason for the discussion is not recorded in the documents of the case. The man in a moment of fury took the woman by the arm and shook her with force.
A courtship marked by violence
Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista and Martín Elías Ayala Mónico had been in a relationship for eight years and five children also lived in the house they shared together. The documents do not detail if the five children were children of Sierra Bautista or if they had others with Ayala Mónico.
Martín Elías Ayala Mónico was holding his girlfriend Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista by the arm and while he was holding her captive with the other hand he began to hit her in the face with a closed fist in front of the children. He then took her out of the mobile home by pulling her by the hair while he kept punching her in various parts of her body.
Karla Sierra Bautista files charges against her ex-boyfriend
Outside the mobile home, Martín Ayala Mónico continued to beat the woman and even several neighbors witnessed the beating. The man left before the HCSO patrols arrived as someone from the witnesses called the emergency number to report what was happening with the woman.
A female officer from the HCSO certified at the scene the injuries of Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista and the woman then the authorities, through a judge, was granted a restraining order against her boyfriend Martín Ayala Mónico who was prohibited from approaching her after the beating.
Martín Ayala Mónico is also accused of sexual abuse
The details of the charge of sexual abuse of minors against Martín Ayala Mónico cannot be consulted by decision of the judge who put all the documents of that case without public access to protect the identity of the victims, so it is not known if these abuses were committed by the man against one of the children of Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista.
Based on these two antecedents, the agents of the Homicide Division of the HCSO were looking for Martín Ayala Mónico as the main suspect in the death of his ex-girlfriend Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista. Agents knew that the man had two warrants for his previous crimes and that he continued to live in the greater Houston area.
They capture the murderer of Karla Sierra Bautista
After several weeks of investigations, and thanks to a confidential informant, the agents of the Homicide Division of the HCSO were able to determine the whereabouts of the fugitive Martín Ayala Mónico and last Friday, September 3, 2021, they went to arrest him based on the two orders arrest for prior offenses.
Martín Ayala Mónico was interrogated for four days in relation until on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, after several contradictions and based on forensic evidence, he was formally accused of the stabbing murder of his ex-girlfriend when he ambushed her at home. Channelview mobile in Texas.
Why was Karla Sierra Bautista killed?
In the documents of the case against the Salvadoran Martín Ayala Mónico for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Karla Mariela Sierra Bautista, the motive for the crime is not detailed. The man asked that his case be reported to the El Salvador consulate in Houston, Texas, and that the state assign him a lawyer because he cannot afford his.
Judge Te’iva Bell of the 339th Criminal District Court in Harris County has not determined when the first hearing will be in the case against Martín Ayala Mónico for the stabbing murder of the Honduran immigrant in a case that was classified. like domestic violence.
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