Mom accused of killing husband and 4 kids smiles in court, gives thumbs-up to camera


A Georgia mom accused of stabbing her four kids and husband to death appeared in court Friday morning, smiling and giving repeated "thumbs-up" to the camera.

With the help of a translator, Isabel Martinez told the Gwinnett County judge that she will defend herself in court and that her "attorney is the people we are fighting for," WSB-TV reports.

The station uploaded a video of the disturbing gestures to Facebook:

Martinez allegedly killed her husband Martin Romero, 33, and her four children; Isabela Martinez, 10, Dacota Romero, 7, Dillan Romero, 4, and Axel Romero, 2.

At one point during her court appearance, she got down on her knees and bowed.

Martinez has been charged with multiple counts of murder and was not granted bond.

Neighbors said Martinez was distraught over her father's death, but otherwise seemed perfectly normal.

"She seemed so normal, like a regular mother," said neighbor Letty Perez, WSB-TV reports. "She was good, went to our church last weekend. She was there with us."