$750K bail set for man accused of killing 12-year-old grandson with sledgehammer

NOW: $750K bail set for man accused of killing 12-year-old grandson with sledgehammer

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Andrez Martina, a man who investigators say beat his 12-year-old grandson to death, made his first court appearance on Thursday, Sept. 2. 

A judge set Martina's bail at $750,000. The prosecutor called this "one of the worst cases" she's ever seen.

"The facts are detailed pretty clearly in the complaint," assistant district attorney Mallory R. Davis said.

According to the criminal complaint, Martina beat Andre for more than five hours using items like a sledge hammer and a mallet at his residence on Sunday. Andre's 8-year-old brother was also severely injured. He is charged with first degree intentional homicide and four other counts related to child abuse and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Martina faces two potential life sentences plus 35 years.

"The likelihood of conviction here is extremely high," Milwaukee County commissioner Rhodes said. "The allegations here are incredibly violent in nature."

According to the complaint, Martina confessed to police he knew what he was doing when he did it. There were also two eye witnesses to the attack: Ande's 8-year-old brother and the great grandmother.

On top of this $750,000 cash bail, Martina remains under the highest level of supervision, GPS monitoring and a 24-hour curfew with no exception.

Martina is also not allowed to contact any of his family members or any child under the age of 18. 

"If you do that, if you attempt to contact any of these people, even to say you're sorry, you may face additional charges," commissioner Rhodes said.

Andre's mother, Nakeda Martina, made an emotional plea in front the court, speaking to her father for the first time since the beating. Andrez Martina did not speak during the entire hearing.

"I was going to give you a chance man. I warned you, I begged you to stay away from my kids," Nakeda Martina said. "Andre didn't deserve what you did to him."

Martina's next court date is Sept. 13.




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