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December 13, 2018

Court hearing for murder suspect in the Bronx postponed in wake of mom’s fatal shooting

November 26, 2018
Brian Solano, 25, is facing murder charges for the December 2014 murder of 21-year-old Willie Lora in the Bronx. He’s pictured in 2015. (Michael Schwartz for New York Daily News)

A hearing set for Monday in a murder case against a Bronx man whose mother was shot dead through her apartment peephole has been postponed a week, officials said.

Brian Solano, 25, is facing murder charges for the December 2014 shooting death of 21-year-old Willie Lora, the brother of a high-ranking Trinitarios gang member, in the Bronx.




Cops believe it was someone bent on revenge against Solano who rang the doorbell about 9:40 p.m. Saturday and shot his mom in the face when she looked through the peephole of her Concourse Village apartment. Wendy Martinez, 45, died at the scene.

Wendy Martinez was shot and killed Saturday night.
Wendy Martinez was shot and killed Saturday night. (Obtained by New York Daily News)

Solano, who was released without bail after spending three years in jail awaiting on trial, was due to appear in court Monday for a hearing. But he did not appear and prosecutor Christine Scaccia told Judge Steven Barrett that defense lawyer Dawn Florio had requested the day’s hearing be postponed to Dec. 3 as a result of Martinez’s murder.

“Ms. Florio called me and indicated that her client was seeking to be excused and an adjournment,” Scaccia told the judge. “I don’t have a problem with that.”

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