The man allegedly responsible for the smuggling incident that left 53 migrants dead was denied bond on Wednesday.
28-year-old Christian Martinez has been in jail since being charged with conspiracy to transport migrants illegally resulting in death. Since then, Martinez apparently fractured his left leg during a fall in jail, so he and his legal team have requested he be released to his mother’s house for healing.
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Because Martinez weighs approximately 670 pounds, his attorney cited concerns about his size affecting his treatment as a reason for his release to his mother’s house in Palestine, Texas. However, Judge Henry Bemporad denied the request in a Zoom hearing on Wednesday, reported News4SA.