Douglas County prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the first-degree murder case against a man accused of raping and killing a 93-year-old Omaha woman.
In court documents filed this week, County Attorney Don Kleine said he found two aggravating circumstances for Sergio Martinez-Perez, 19, to face a capital offense — the heinous nature of the crime and that the slaying was committed to conceal his identity.
Martinez-Perez's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Allyson Mendoza, could not be reached for comment.
Prosecutors say Martinez-Perez, 19, entered Louise Sollowin's home at 1921 S. 10th St. on July 21 and raped and beat the woman in her bed.
Sollowin died four days later.
According to an autopsy report, she died as a result of blunt force trauma — including head injuries and broken cheekbones, teeth, ribs and nose.
A Douglas County judge last month denied bail for Martinez-Perez.
Martinez-Perez, who is in the country illegally, had been drinking before the attack, prosecutors say.
A woman he met at a bar rejected his advances. That made him angry and put him on the hunt for a victim, prosecutors say.
Martinez-Perez fell asleep on top of Sollowin. Her daughter discovered them and called 911.
When police officers arrived, they noted that the bedroom had blood on the “walls, floor, ceiling and bed.”