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Defense requests mental health evaluation for Lompoc murder suspect

Posted at 10:57 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 22:02:07-04

The Lompoc woman accused of killing her 74-year-old neighbor was in court again Tuesday but has yet to enter a plea.

One of Melissa Leigh Martin’s defense attorneys is requesting the 35-year-old receive a mental health evaluation before her continued arraignment on August 13.

Martin is charged with murder for the death of Eldri Terese Jauch.

Eldri Terese Jauch
Eldri Terese Jauch


Police say Jauch’s body was found in Martin’s apartment a few days after Jauch’s sister reported her missing.

Investigators have not revealed Jauch’s cause of death or a motive for the crime, but the complaint against Martin alleges that she used a baseball bat during the murder.

Martin is being held in Santa Barbara County Jail on more than $2 million bail, according to jail logs, which list her occupation as a waitress.

The judge did not allow media to film Martin during Tuesday’s hearing due to the suspect not being dressed in civilian clothing but did say video would be allowed at Martin’s next court appearance.

Melissa Leigh Martin


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