Six years, eight months and 24 days.
That’s the time that has passed since 38-year-old Emily Diane Housholder was shot to death inside a car during an apparent drug deal, according to Housholder’s mother, Linda Smith.
Justice was served Friday, though, when an Allen County judge sentenced 42-year-old Moises T. Martinez to 25 years in prison for Voluntary Manslaughter related to Housholder’s 2012 death.
According to court documents, Housholder and Martinex met up on May 29 that year so that Housholder could buy pain pills.
The last conversation between Martinez and Housholder was at 1:17 a.m. that day, according to court documents. Then, Martinez reportedly text her,”K, Bout to walk n get in ur car n we will go to my house.”
Later that morning, a neighbor found Housholder dead in on Sinclair Street. Authorities said she was shot in the head.
Investigators combed through Housholder’s cell phone records and found that she had been texting a contact in her phone named, “MO.” A confidential informant told police that “MO” is Moises Martinez.
Police interviewed 10 witnesses in connection with the homicide investigation.
One witness told investigators the shooting was an accident. Housholder reportedly owed Martinez money and he was waving the gun in her face to scare her. That’s when it went off.
Detectives interviewed Housholder’s husband who said she had been fighting an addiction to the pain killer Vicodin for several years. She left their home around 1 a.m. after complaining that she may be developing a kidney stone, according to the probable cause affidavit.
During an interview with police, Martinez admitted to selling Housholder Vicodin in the past and said they met recently because she wanted to buy pills. He said he sold her about 80 Vicodin pills on, what he thought was, the evening of Monday, May 30. He also said she owed him $900 from a previous drug deal.
One witness told the detectives that Martinez said the shooting happened while Martinez tried to sell Housholder pills she didn’t want, according to the affidavit. Martinez reportedly pulled out a gun during an argument and accidentally shot her in the head.
Another witness said Martinez went to home to take a shower and burn his clothes, following the fatal shooting. About three months after the shooting detectives recovered bullet fragments from Martinez’s basement wall and burnt clothing from a trash can outside.
Another witness said Martinez was gang member and that Housholder apparently owed Martinez about $1,500. The witness told police that she had only part of the money, so he pulled out a gun and waved it in her face, court documents said.
Martinez reportedly told a different witness that he didn’t want to kill her because he knew she had money “since her husband had money.”
A witness overheard a conversation between Martinez and someone else at a restaurant, according to court records. He was reportedly crying and expressed regret for killing Housholder. He said he only wanted to scare her and that he didn’t mean for this to happen.
According to the witness, Martinez kept saying “I love women” and “I don’t know what happened. It was an accident.”
Several witnesses told police that Martinez reportedly tossed the gun in a river. Authorities were not able to retrieve the gun.
When he was charged, Martinez was serving prison time for his role in an armed robbery.
In court Friday, Smith said Martinez personified “evil,” and reiterated to the court she’d suffered “six years, eight months and 24 days” without her daughter. Smith said her daugther suffered from kidney pain which led to her addiction of opiates.
“You not only killed my daughter but the spirit of all those that around her,” Smith told Martinez in open court. “When I think of the word evil only your name will come to my mind until the day I die.”
Martinez apologized to Housholder’s family and called her “a friend.”
“I never meant for this to happen,” he said. “Emily was a friend. I’m going to be sorry for the rest of my life until the day I die. I’m just sorry. Truly sorry.”