Suspect in casino killing claims innocence

A suspect in the shooting death of an Indiana woman professed his innocence during his first court appearance Friday.

Ralph Martinez is charged with murder and robbery in the shooting death of Mary Austgen whose body was found in Gary’s Majestic Star casino parking garage last month.

Investigators say Martinez’s ex-wife is the one who turned him into police after she and Martinez watched TV news reports about the $10,000 reward in the case.

The ex-wife told police Martinez asked, “is that all I’m worth?”

She also told investigators she found one of the victim’s rings and a gun in a bag similar to the one seen in surveillance videos.

Authorities say Ralph Martinez was a tenant of Austgen’s, but was recently evicted.

Martinez’s next court appearance is May 13th.

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