Maria Isabel Garduno-Martinez, 33, appeared in her first court hearing on Friday after being charged with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.
You would think she would be distraught for her horrific deed, but she was just the opposite.
Martinez exhibited extremely bizarre and erratic behavior this morning while awaiting her hearing.
Martinez held her arms open and swayed them back and forth as Thorpe read the charges against her. She then pressed her hands together in the “prayer” position.
Thorpe asked Martinez to settle saying: “Ma’am I’m going to ask you to cut out the displays for the camera. It’s probably not good or to your benefit.”
Martinez declined legal representation, telling Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Michael Thorpe, in Spanish through an interpreter, that her attorney is the people and her faith.
“I’m representing the people that’s humble, that’s hardworking, the people that suffer, the people that have a lot of charges so that they understand that everything is possible through God,” she said.
As she left court, the judge muttered an audible aside: “Wasn’t that delightful?”
Martinez allegedly stabbed her children and husband early Thursday morning in her Loganville home, about 30 miles east of Atlanta, police said. She had called 911 to report the stabbing just before 5 a.m., Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
A fifth child was found alive, but in serious condition.
U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said in an email to The Associated Press Friday that Martinez entered the U.S. illegally.
It was not clear what the status was on the rest of her family.
Martinez is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, authorities said.