Man pleads guilty to Chesapeake double homicide

Ryan Martinez (photo by Chesapeake police).

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A man accused in a Chesapeake double homicide admitted guilt Monday.

Airika Liljegren (photo by Chesapeake police).
Airika Liljegren (photo by Chesapeake police).

Ryan Martinez, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of concealing a body, according to Chesapeake’s Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Lori Galbraith.

Martinez and 39-year-old Airika Liljegren were initially charged with first-degree murder, as well as the other charges, after the bodies of a man and woman were found partially decomposed inside a home in the Dominion Lakes subdivision last July.

At the time, 10 On Your Side talked to a friend of the victims, who said the bodies were Martinez’s mother and step-father. She believed Martinez’ relationship with Liljegren might have had something to do with the murders, because she knew the parents did not approve of the couple.

Galbriath said Monday’s plea agreement allowed Martinez to plead guilty to second-degree murder, instead of first-degree. He will be sentenced on February 27.

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