Holman and Martin indicted in connection with beating death of Julio Cesar Cruz
Two city men have been indicted in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Julio Cesar Cruz.
On the evening of Feb. 15, Cruz was returning home from a shopping trip with groceries in hand when two people tried to rob him. The incident occurred in the first block of Rusling Street, and according to prosecutors investigating the case, Cruz was able to bang on the front door of the home where he was living and call for help.
Another resident of the home then looked outside and witnessed the robbers throw Cruz to the ground. Other people inside of the home then rushed outside to help Cruz, but the suspects fled in different directions.
Cruz suffered a fatal head injury during the attack and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Michael Holman and Dante Martin, both 18, were arrested about two weeks after the killing and charged with felony murder and robbery in connection with Cruz’s death. They remain held in jail on $1 million bail.