West Texas man charged with mother's death


BIG SPRING, Texas - A West Texas man has been charged with the murder of his mother.

Big Spring police say Jason Luera confessed Friday to killing his mother, 52-year-old Gloria Martinez.

Police were called Oct. 22 to a home in the 700 block of Lorilla in reference to a "suicide." Big Spring Fire Department and EMS also responded and found Martinez deceased.

Big Springs police said their Criminal Investigations Division found "suspicious circumstances" and ruled the death a homicide.

Luera was "considered a suspect of this horrendous crime" from the beginning, according to Big Spring police.

He was originally arrested Dec. 9 on a parole violation out of Austin for indecency with a child. While in jail, Luera was charged Jan. 6 with burglary of a habitation and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

When police questioned Luera again Friday about some new evidence in the murder, police say he confessed.

Police have not said how Martinez was killed.

Luera is being held in the Howard County Jail on $350,000 bond.

Big Spring is on I-20 about 40 miles west of Colorado City.

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