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Fatal stabbing suspect declines lawyer during unusual first appearance in court

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The woman accused in the fatal stabbing of her husband and children was advised by the judge to stop "playing to the camera" during her first appearance in court.

Isabel Cartuna Martinez, 31, appeared in court and her strange actions prompted the judge's advice. Martinez smiled, extended her arms and gave the cameras a thumbs up. 

She then got off the bench and knelt before the cameras before a bailiff warned her to sit back down. As she stood before the judge, he advised her not to put on "a display to the cameras."

During the proceedings, the judge charged her with six felony counts of aggravated assault and 10 counts of felony murder. No bond was issued and Martinez has 30 days to request a bond hearing before a Superior Court Judge. Martinez also declined legal representation, saying through an interpreter that she didn't want an attorney and will be represented by "the people." 

She went on to say through the interpreter that "we are all God's people" and "God loves us all." 

Martinez is accused of stabbing her husband and four of their children to death at the family's home in Loganville. Her husband was later identified as 33-year-old Martin Romero.

The children killed were identified as 10-year-old Isabela Martinez, 7-year-old Dacota Romero, 2-year-old Axel Romero and 4-year-old Dillan Martin-Romero. A fifth child was taken to the hospital and remains in serious but stable condition. She was identified as 9-year-old Diana Romero.

Martinez waived her court appearance that was scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at 8:30 a.m. It is unclear when she's next expected in court.

Watch the entire first appearance

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