Edward Romero found guilty of horrific Alicia Martinez murder
Romero claimed not to remember what happened, informing Pagliasotti that he had blacked out.
At that point, Pagliasotti went on, Romero asked her to grab some trash bags from another room, and when she got back, he had already detached her arms from the rest of her body and was trying to do likewise with one leg through the use of a machete. He continued chopping until some of her remains were so small that he tried flushing them down a toilet.
Romero's attorneys didn't deny these actions over the course of the trial. Rather, as CBS4 pointed out, they claimed he suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder, as well as another personality disorder, due to past abuses. As such, he had no memory of the killing itself -- just of his efforts to conceal it.
Alicia Martinez's loved ones react to the verdict.
In the end, a jury didn't buy this argument, finding Romero guilty of every count against him. He'll be sentenced in March.
Look below for lots of supplementary material: booking photos of Romero and Pagliasotti, a CBS4 report from yesterday, 9News coverage from March 2012 and late 2010, and an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
Edward Timothy Romero.
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