In an otherwise run-of-the-mill docket day for State District Judge Stephen Pfeffer, the arraignment proceeding for Robert Crisostomo had a sliver of drama.
The brother of Jamie Martin, the man Crisostomo is charged with murdering in mid-December in his Santa Fe apartment with a machete and a kitchen knife, shouted “Devil!” at him as he was being escorted out of the courtroom. A sheriff’s deputy then had to see to it the brother was also escorted out.
The courtroom was far too crowded to have given the brother a clear path to Crisostomo, who was in shackles at the time, but the briefly tense moment certainly had the courtroom’s attention for a moment.
State district judge Stephen Pfeffer ordered Crisostomo to remain in jail in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond for the murder charge. Crisostomo has been in jail since his Dec. 15 arrest. He is being represented by local defense attorney Val Whitley.
Here are a couple of related links from past coverage of the case:
- (Dec. 13) Santa Fe police probe man’s slaying
- (Dec. 15) Police: Man says he used machete in killing
- (Feb. 14) Victim’s relatives led out of court after murder hearing outburst
Also, the family of Martin, who was unemployed and suffering from cancer at the time of his death, still has open a memorial fund to help with expenses. It is at Wells Fargo bank under the name “Jamie K. Martin Memorial Fund.”