Chesapeake, Va. – A judge denied a woman’s attempt Friday to get an earlier plea tossed out in a double homicide case from 2013.
In July of 2013, Airika Liljegren was arrested and charged for the murder of her boyfriend’s mother, Cindy Jensen-Ellet.
Her boyfriend, Ryan Martinez, was arrested and charged for the murder of his step-father, Anthony Barone.
Both bodies were found inside their Chesapeake home on Monarch Reach.
Barone was found shot to death underneath a pile of clothes in a closet upstairs. Jensen-Ellet’s body was found wrapped in a blue tarp, hidden behind cardboard boxes in the garage.
Court documents revealed that Liljegren admitted to police that she stabbed Jensen-Ellett with a filet knife.
Ryan Martinez entered an Alford Plea in November of 2014 for second degree murder and use of a firearm for Barone’s death. He was sentenced in March to a total of 53 years in prison, followed by 12 years of probation.
Liljegren entered an Alford Plea in January. However, she later decided that she wanted a jury trial. She appeared in court on Friday to ask a judge to throw out the Alford Plea so she could have the jury trial. The judge denied her request.
She is now scheduled to be sentenced on July 27th.