MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. -- A father accused of selling his daughter for money, beer and other items wrote the terms on cardboard with a man described by police as a negotiator.
Macelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, appeared in a Monterey County courtroom wearing a striped jumpsuit and headphones for his preliminary hearing.
During testimony, Greenfield police officers said that Martinez asked for $20,000, 100 cases of Corona, 50 cases of Modelo beer, several cases of meat, two cases of wine, 50 cases of Gatorade and 50 cases of soft drinks on a cardboard box in an attempt to sell his 14-year-old daughter to his 18-year-old neighbor.
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The asking price was negotiated down to $16,000 and the girl moved in with Margarito de Jesus Galindo, police said.
When Galindo failed to make his payments, Martinez went to police for help with getting his daughter back.
On Friday, a Monterey County judge was listening to testimony from officers and others to decide if the court had sufficient evidence to bring the case to trial.
Following those testimonies, which included Martinez's daughter, the judge ruled that there was indeed enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
One of the Greenfield police officers who took the stand said Martinezís daughter told police that she had sexual intercourse with Galindo nearly every day while she was living with him.
The daughter also said on the witness stand that Martinez did not want her to marry Galindo because of her age and that Galindo scared her.
Also, Greenfield police said Martinez never actually initialed the cardboard box that the terms were written on.