Man To Be Charged With First-Degree Murder in Connection With Rape, Death of 93-Year-Old
The Omaha World-Herald ^ | Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Maggie O'Brien, Todd Cooper & Emerson Clarridge
Posted on July 25, 2013 6:31:28 PM EDT by kristinn
A teenager will now face first-degree murder charges in connection with the rape and death of a 93-year-old South Omaha woman.
Autopsy results indicated that Louise Sollowin died of complications due to blunt-force trauma to her head and body, according to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.
Sergio Martinez-Perez, 19, who had faced first-degree sexual assault charges, will be arraigned on the murder charges in Douglas County Court at 1 p.m. Friday, Kleine said.
Omaha police say they found Martinez-Perez naked and on top of Sollowin. He had beaten her, sexually assaulted her and broken several bones in her face – and blood covered the room, authorities allege.
Sollowin's relatives were reeling Thursday at her death at the Nebraska Medical Center the day before – four days after the attack carried out by a man she did not know.
“Her body was so completely beaten up,” Joe Sollowin III, Louise's son, said Thursday. He said he had figured his mother would live forever, as she was one of the few in the family who never touched alcohol or cigarettes.
Martinez-Perez told police that he beat and raped the victim, the prosecutor said.
Police said they found him in the house, where Sollowin had lived for 71 years. When they arrived, Martinez-Perez was nude and on top of Sollowin in her bedroom. There was blood on the walls and ceiling. On the floor and on the bed.
SNIP Martinez-Perez entered the woman's home at 1921 S. 10th St. through an unlocked door, the prosecutor said. He allegedly beat and raped her before falling asleep on top of her about 9 a.m.
Sollowin's daughter, who had returned to live with her mother earlier this year, heard Sollowin's calls for help and found the man when she went to investigate.
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