Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced the arraignment of a Glen Cove man who was indicted for the stabbing death of his former girlfriend.
Jose Cartagena, 54, of Glen Cove, was arraigned on one charge of second-degree murder, one charge of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. State Supreme Court Justice Angelo Delligatti continued bail at remand.
If convicted of the top charge, Cartagena faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison. He is due back in court on Oct. 7.
“The defendant is accused of brutally murdering his ex-girlfriend in broad daylight and then fleeing to the state to California, where he was picked up two weeks later,” Singas said. “My office will prosecute this horrific crime to the fullest extent of the law.”
Singas said that on March 26 at approximately 3:15 p.m., the defendant stabbed ex-girlfriend Yanira Estella Canjura Martinez, 32, multiple times in a Glen Cove parking lot. The victim, who had separated from the defendant a week earlier, was on her way to pick up her 5-year-old daughter. Martinez was pronounced dead at 4:02 p.m. at a local hospital.
Cartagena, who fled the scene, was apprehended in California on April 8.
Assistant District Attorney Martin Meaney of Singas’ Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. Cartagena is represented by Ronald Beckoff, Esq.