May 30, 2005
20-Year Old California Woman Convicted of Murder
Woodland Police Dept. Press Release
WOODLAND, CA - On Wednesday, May 25, 2005, a Yolo County jury found Christina Marten, 20 years of age, guilty for her participation in the murders of Robert Stepper and Eric Folsom on Halloween night 2002, and the attempted murders of two fourteen year old girls who were also shot as they sat in the bed of a pickup truck parked in front of a home on Oak Avenue in the City of Woodland.
Marten was found guilty of committing first degree murder in the death of Robert Stepper, guilty of committing second degree murder in the death of Eric Folsom, and guilty of two counts of attempted murder for the shooting of the two teenaged girls. Additionally, the jury found that Marten was guilty of the Criminal Street Gang enhancements and the use of a firearm during the commission of the crimes against each of the victims. Finally, the jury also found that two special circumstance allegations were true, the first being that of Multiple Murder, and the second being Murder committed by a gang member.
Marten will be sentenced in the Yolo County Superior Court on June 21, 2005.
Other defendants are scheduled to go on trial for their participation in this crime in July.