Man Released From Custody in October Kills Young Niece, Another Man: Authorities

A 22-year-old man released from custody in October while awaiting trial was arrested Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting of his 7-year-old niece and another man in Sacramento, California, the Associated Press reported.

Tyrice Martin was arrested for the shooting that occurred on Tuesday that left Isabel Agnes Delgadillo Martin and Clifford Hall, 42, dead. Martin would have turned 8 years old on November 22.

Sacramento police said an investigation "revealed that a neighborhood disturbance between two groups escalated into the tragic fatal shooting."

When officers arrived on scene they found both victims wounded. They performed emergency medical aid on Martin who was transported to the hospital and later died. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the police press release.

Martin had been released from custody in October in a case from earlier in the year despite the objections of a Sacramento County prosecutor, Chief Deputy District Attorney Rod Norgaard told the Sacramento Bee.

"A deputy district attorney objected to his release citing community safety and prior failure to appear as the main reason for him to be in custody," Norgaard said.

According to the press release, the circumstances that led up to this investigation are still under investigation.

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A California man is back in prison after being released earlier in the year for shooting his niece and another man. Tape cordons off the scene of a shooting in the Ogontz section of Philadelphia on August 15, 2019. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Online court files showed Martin failed to appear for court on September 20, but later appeared and was released on his own recognizance with ankle bracelet monitoring in a case alleging a prior strike conviction.

Court records showed Martin was charged in March with possession of a 9 mm handgun and 38 rounds of .40-caliber and 9 mm ammunition, and that he had a previous 2018 felony conviction for carrying a loaded firearm. Martin also was charged in the 2021 case with possession of oxycodone, and court filings in that case said he has a March 2021 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon personally inflicting great bodily injury that stemmed from a case filed in 2019. That assault case stemmed from him using a vehicle as a weapon, court filings said.

On Wednesday, the girl's family and friends held a candlelight vigil in the housing development parking lot where the shooting occurred.

Isabel's mother, Monica Delgadillo, carried with her an album of Polaroid-style photos. She said they were the final photos Isabel took. Her mother said the girl loved to take pictures and do video blogs, KCRA-TV reported.

Isabel's mother was with her in the child's final moments of life.

"I was just screaming for help. 'Someone help me,'" Delgadillo said.

It wasn't immediately known if Martin has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.