Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

July 14, 2023 Contact: Maro Casparian, Interim Communications Director, 720-913-9036

Guilty Verdict for the Murder of Roxann Martinez

DENVER— Today, Emmanuel Chandler was found guilty of murder. On February 25, 2021, a call to 911 stated that there was a victim, later identified as Roxann Martinez (32 years old), lying in a street gutter near 3800 block of South Wabash Street with blood surrounding her head.

After shooting Roxann Martinez, Emmanuel Chandler, the victim’s former boyfriend, dumped her body on the side of the road and used bleach to cover up the crime.

After deliberating for approximately six hours, a Denver jury found Emmanuel Chandler guilty of one count of murder in the first degree after deliberation (F1). The Honorable Nikea Bland sentenced Chandler to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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