Judge denies motion in museum director murder case

Barry Horn File Photo

A videotaped confession can be used as evidence in an upcoming murder trial for a man accused of killing Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts Director Barry Horn.

Suspect Ernesto Martinez lost his legal battle to keep the video interview with police from being used in his upcoming murder trial.

The 20-year-old suspect appeared in before Judge Elia Cornejo-Lopez in the 404th state District Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Martinez allegedly told police in a taped interview that he was drunk and angry during the fatal stabbing.

The 20-year-old told police that 59-year-old Horn had sexually assaulted him in a previous incident.

Martinez additional charges of burglary and auto theft after stealing 59-year-old Horn TMs car and fleeing to Matamoros back in October.

The 20-year-old took the stand on Wednesday afternoon in hopes of convincing Judge Cornejo-Lopez to keep the tape out of his trial.

The Cameron County District Attorney TMs Office reported that Judge Cornejo-Lopez sided with prosecutors and ruled the tape could be used as evidence.

Martinez TMs is now expected to go to trial for Horn TMs murder on August 20th.