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Somerton murder suspect denied bond

The man accused of stabbing a Somerton woman to death late Saturday night was denied bond Monday afternoon.

Isaac Rivera made his initial appearance in South County Justice Court where the victim, Leticia Martinez’s family was in tears, yelling at Rivera in the courtroom.

“You’re an (explicative), Issac,” said one victim.

Rivera is charged with premeditated First-Degree murder per domestic violence.

Judge Juan Guerrero also placed Rivera on suicide watch as a preventive measure.

A victim advocate from Amberly’s Place spoke on behalf of the family, asking Judge Guerrero not to let him off on bond, as the family feared for their own safety but also claimed he could potentially be a flight risk.

The Somerton Police Department (SPD) arrived at Angelica Street after 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Neighbors claim there was a party nearby at the time of the murder but it was not clear if both the victim and the suspect were part of any gathering.

Yuma Police Department (YPD) did assist SPD in bringing Rivera into custody early Sunday morning, after believing he was fleeing.

Rivera is due back in court later this week.

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