A Temple man charged with killing his 1-year-old daughter and the child’s mother in November was indicted Wednesday on a capital murder charge.
A McLennan County grand jury indicted 26-year-old Christopher Paul Weiss in the shooting deaths of Valarie Martinez, 24, and Martinez’s baby, Azariah, who both were found shot in the head Nov. 5 at Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir in eastern McLennan County.
It was unclear Wednesday whether the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty in the case. If not, Weiss faces life without parole if convicted of capital murder.
The indictment alleges Weiss committed capital murder by killing more than one person in the same criminal episode.
Weiss is represented by court-appointed attorneys Walter M. Reaves Jr. and Russ Hunt Jr.
“We are still waiting for information about the case so we can move forward with preparing a defense,” Reaves said Wednesday.
Documents filed in the case indicate that Weiss, who is married with children, had an affair with Martinez, who gave birth to Weiss’ baby, Azariah. Weiss did not want to be part of the child’s life, affidavits state.
“Through the course of investigation, (the investigator) discovered that Weiss, who is currently married, had an affair with the victim Valarie Martinez,” the warrant states. “When Weiss learned Martinez was pregnant, he stopped all communication with her.
“Martinez located Weiss through social media and contacted Weiss’ wife and sister and told them about the child she and Weiss had. (Investigators) learned that Weiss told his sister he did not want anything to do with Martinez or the child and stated he wanted it to ‘go away.’”
Martinez’s body was found outside her car at McLennan Park 3, off Willbanks Drive. Her daughter also was found shot in the head in a car seat inside the car, Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.
Weiss was arrested about a week later near downtown Temple. Authorities said Weiss was traveling with his wife when he was taken into custody.
According to an affidavit for search warrant issued for his truck, Weiss had birth certificates for his family, including birth certificates for his other children, clothing, several paychecks, electronic devices, two guns and ammunition in his truck.
Martinez reportedly agreed to meet Weiss at Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir the night before the bodies were discovered.
Weiss was the last person seen with the young mother and baby on the night of Nov. 4, McNamara said.
Investigators reported Weiss argued with Martinez about his responsibilities to their child before Martinez agreed to meet Weiss with her daughter.
“Weiss had been in communication with Martinez via cellphone and during an interview, (he) stated he had not been in the area where Martinez was located,” court records state. “Martinez had been in communication with a third party whom she told she was ‘hanging out’ with Weiss who she referred to as ‘bd’ or ‘baby daddy.’”
An affidavit for a search warrant for Weiss’ phone says that Martinez told someone she was going to meet Azariah’s father at the lake and took her daughter with her.
Detectives interviewed Weiss twice during the investigation and he “admitted that he was with Valarie at the location where her body was found,” records indicate.
In Weiss’ arrest warrant affidavit, a witness told investigators that Martinez told Weiss “she would make him pay child support if he was not going to be involved in the baby’s life.”
Weiss later spoke with investigators and denied having an argument with Martinez about child support.
In mid-November, officials searched the Brazos River near Loop 340 for a .22-caliber revolver believed to be used in the shooting deaths. No weapon was found.
Weiss remains in the McLennan County Jail under $1 million bond.