STOCKTON - The presiding judge in San Joaquin County said a substitute judge was wrong to release a man in early December while he faced three different legal issues. That man, 46-year-old Roberto Ceja-Martinez, killed his wife and himself Sunday afternoon.
Ceja-Martinez was arrested Nov. 26 for being a felon with a gun, growing marijuana, and violating a restraining order, according to jail records. He was only in jail for a week. A retired and substitute judge released Ceja-Martinez on his own recognizance Dec. 2.