Martinez bail set at $10-m


July 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A judge has set the bail for one of five men charged in the killing of another man in Omaha, at 10-million dollars. The order came as 37-year old Omar A. Martinez appeared in court Thursday.

Martinez is charged with second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony, in connection with the death June 23rd death of 31-year old Blaise D. Benscoter. The incident occurred after Benscoter’s girlfriend, Sarah Krisor called Martinez to say she and Benscoter had been fighting.

Martinez, along with Krisor’s father, 48-year old Donald Krisor and 20-year old Sean Collins, allegedly went to the couple’s home, kicked-in the door and fought with Benscoter. When they left the home, Sarah Krisor went into the bedroom and saw Benscoter had been shot.

Martinez was later apprehended in a Council Bluffs hotel. Krisor was arrested in Kansas, and is awaiting extradition to Nebraska. 29-year old Jessica L. Katz has been charged as an accessory to the crime, while Martinez’ roommate, 38-year old Donald G. Bridgeford, was being held on suspicion of second-degree murder and accessory to a crime. Bridgeford is alleged to have loaned Martinez his car so he could drive to Benscoter’s home.