Tucson man accused of starving child reject plea deal; Martin Barreras murder trial to begin Aug. 6

Tucson man accused of starving child reject plea deal; Martin Barreras murder trial to begin Aug. 6
Martin Barreras

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Tucson man accused of starving his child to death more than five years ago will face a jury after all.

Martin Barreras was in court Friday, April 26, for a plea hearing.

He rejected the offer on a first-degree murder charge and his trial is set for Aug. 6.

Barreras' wife Raquel Barreras is currently on trial for murder. Her trial began April 16, took a break this week and will resume Monday, April 29.

Raquel Barreras (Source: Pima County Jail)
Raquel Barreras (Source: Pima County Jail)

The Barreras were arrested in 2014 after their son Roman was found dead inside a plastic toy chest.

Investigators said the Barreras moved out of a rental home near West Irvington Road and South 12th Avenue and left Roman's body behind.

While Roman's body was found in March, authorities have said the home was vacant for a while.

If Martin Barreras had taken the plea deal, he would have received a 25-year sentence. Now, he faces 45 year to life in prison.

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