Person of interest in Brandon double murder turns self in

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - A man described as a person of interest in a double murder in Brandon turned himself in at the Hillsborough County Courthouse late Friday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Charles Andre Martinez was accompanied by his attorney when he walked into the courthouse around 4 p.m.

Before being transported to the Orient Road Jail, Martinez was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.  

He has not been charged with the murders of two females found dead in a Brandon apartment on Thursday.

One of the victims is identified as Lindsay Nicole Greene, 25, and lived at the scene of the crime, 1528 Highland Ridge Circle.

The other victim has not been identified and the Medical Examiner said it may be several days before positive identification can be made.

The inside of the townhouse was burned out when authorities found the victims. Investigators believe the fire may have been set after the murders to destroy evidence.

Homeowner's Association President Joe Desmarias said Greene didn't pick up her toddler from daycare two days ago, so the daycare called the child's father to pick him up. But, no one called the police.

"She was a nice girl," explained Desmarias.  "She always had fun with the little boy."

Then, a neighbor said she smelled smoke on Wednesday but thought she was having trouble with one of her appliances, deputies say.

She smelled smoke again Thursday.

However, she never called 911.

Desmarias told ABC Action News he noticed the windows on the townhouse were black Thursday morning.  However, he mistook that for a HOA violation.

"If you look fast it looks like it was black tinted," said Desmarias.

It wasn't tint but soot from smoke.

Desmarias dismissed it and did not call 911.

"Could've, should've, would've, didn't happen," Desmarias said.

Jennifer Greene showed up at the Carlisle Club Townhouses Thursday afternoon.   She had not heard from her daughter Lindsay in days and didn't like what she saw.  She was the first to call for help.

Firefighters arrived and  later confirmed that at some point there was a fire, but it was likely days ago.

The victims did not have any identification on them and no drugs were found in the apartment.

As for Charles Martinez, "We believe he had some sort of relationship with someone in the apartment," said Detective Larry McKinnon with HCSO.

Sheriff Gee said Martinez may have been living at the apartment for several weeks or even months.  He added that Martinez was recently released from prison.  He was jailed for a shooting.

Desmarias told ABC Action News Martinez was not the father of Greene's son.  He also said Greene did not have a roommate.
 

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