Nampa man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend Selena Thomas

Alfredo Martinez admitted he beat Selena Thomas to death.

His second-degree murder plea is the latest development in the gruesome death of Martinez’s girlfriend last Aug. 15 in the home they shared in West Nampa. He struck her with a hammer, and when she fought back, he pushed her into a dresser, where she struck her head. He put her body in a closet for two days, and then recruited three friends to help bury it in a cornfield near Melba.

Martinez and co-defendant Jose Cruz Flores, also from Nampa, drove around for “quite a while” Aug. 18 looking for a place to dump Thomas’ body. They dug a makeshift grave in the area of Can-Ada Road south of Melba.

Later that day, Thomas’ co-workers went to her home in the 1400 block of Acapulco Way near Middleton Road to look for her. They found her white Monte Carlo in the driveway with the keys in the ignition and her purse on the passenger seat. Thomas’ mother called police.

Thomas’ death led retired Nampa police Chief Curtis Homer to push for a violent crime registry where people could have an easy way to learn whether someone has a violent criminal past. Homer had a daughter who was previously abused by Martinez.

A bill was introduced in the Idaho Legislature this year to create a violent crime registry. It did not make it out of the House Judiciary Committee, but Homer said Monday he and other supporters plan to reintroduce a bill next year.

Cases against Martinez’s accomplices continue:

Flores, Martinez’s nephew, is charged with accessory to murder, concealing or destroying evidence, burglary and a new count of failure to notify of a death. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 17.

Jorge Luis Garcia, also from Nampa, is charged with concealing or destroying evidence and failure to notify of a death. He is accused of helping Martinez remove Thomas’ body from her house and place it in the car. Garcia has also pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial May 26.

Daniel Francisco Sena, who is accused of driving Thomas’ car back to her home after the body was buried, is charged with concealing or destroying evidence. Sena, a Nampa resident, has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial Aug. 25.