Search warrants filed in connection to the shooting deaths of Valarie Martinez and her 1-year-old daughter suggest a possible motive by the 26-year-old suspect charged with the crime.
Search warrants for cellphone records and a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup truck belonging to Christopher Paul Weiss, of Temple, state he had an affair with Martinez, 24. Martinez, who was found shot in the head at Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir on Nov. 5, gave birth to Weiss’ baby, Azariah, about a year ago, but Weiss did not want to be involved in Martinez’s or the child’s life, the warrants 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 was found dead outside a car at McLennan Park 3, off Willbanks Drive, on the afternoon of Nov. 5. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Martinez’s daughter was also found shot in the head in a car seat inside the car.
Weiss was arrested last week on a charge of capital murder during a traffic stop near downtown Temple. Authorities said Weiss was traveling with his wife when he was taken into custody.
According to the 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.
“It is safe to say that it appears that he was looking to take off and leave the area,” McNamara said.
Weiss’ court-appointed attorney, Walter M. Reaves Jr., did not immediately return a call from the Tribune-Herald on Thursday.
Martinez allegedly agreed to meet Weiss at Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir, near Hallsburg, the night before the bodies were discovered.
Detectives believe 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 parental 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,” the search warrant states. “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.’”
The search warrant for Weiss’ phone states that Martinez told a juvenile witness 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,” the warrant states.
In Weiss’ arrest affidavit, a witness told investigators that at one point, Martinez told Weiss that “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.
Earlier this week, authorities tried to find a .22-caliber revolver believed to be used in the shooting deaths. Investigators spent two days searching the Brazos River near Loop 340, but no weapon was found.
Weiss remained in McLennan County Jail on Thursday with a bond listed at $1 million.