Press Release


For Immediate Release:

March 15, 2023

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the conviction of DAVID MARTINEZ of North Bergen, NJ for his involvement in an armed robbery that resulted in the death of David Duque Soto in Fairview, NJ on June 29, 2019.  On March 13, 2023, following a four-week jury trial before the Honorable Margaret M. Foti, P.J.Cr., in Bergen County Superior Court, MARTINEZ was convicted of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, felony murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.  The jury acquitted MARTINEZ of two other weapons offenses.

At trial, the State presented 16 witnesses, including 3 expert witnesses, and successfully argued that on the evening of June 29, 2019, MARTINEZ was an accomplice and co-conspirator to a pre-planned armed robbery of David Duque Soto at his home in Fairview.  During this armed robbery, Duque Soto was shot and subsequently died of his injuries.

The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutors Suzanne Cevasco and Matthew Fitzpatrick of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, with the assistance of Legal Assistant Catherine Fantuzzi, Esq. and Detective Jakub Glebocki. The defendant was represented by Frank V. Carbonetti, Esq. and Daniel Donohue, Esq. of the Lucianna & Lucianna Law Firm. 

Prosecutor Musella thanks Assistant Prosecutors Cevasco and Fitzpatrick for their zealous advocacy for the victim and his family and for helping combat gun violence in Bergen County through this verdict.  Prosecutor Musella also commends the detectives of his Major Crimes Unit as well as members of the Fairview Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their skill and professionalism in investigating this matter. The defendant faces a minimum of 30 years to life in New Jersey State Prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for April 21, 2023, before Judge Foti.