An illegal immigrant was indicted this week for the brutal rape and murder of Rachel Morin, marking what the victim’s family attorney called a “crucial step.”

A Maryland grand jury formally charged Victor Martinez Hernandez, 23, with two counts of murder, two counts of rape, and one count each of sex offense and kidnapping for the savage 2023 attack on the mother of five.

“The indictment marks a crucial step in pursuing justice for Rachel Morin and her family,” attorney Randolph Rice stated. “This is significant toward achieving justice and holding the defendant accountable for this heinous crime.”

Illegal Immigrant Indicted for Rape and Murder of Rachel Morin
An illegal immigrant faced indictment this week for the horrific rape and murder of Rachel Morin.

Martinez Hernandez was arrested at a bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a nationwide manhunt. He is held without bond. Authorities said Martinez Hernandez fled El Salvador in February 2023 after a murder warrant was issued there. He made three unsuccessful attempts to enter the U.S. before crossing the border on Feb. 13, 2023, near El Paso, Texas.

Prosecutors allege he assaulted a 9-year-old girl and her mother during a Los Angeles home invasion in March before targeting Morin on the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail in Bel Air, Maryland, on Aug. 5. Martinez Hernandez allegedly dragged her off the path, bludgeoned her with over ten gashes on her head, then strangled her to death. Her body, found in a drainage tunnel, was covered in bruises.

Her mother, Patty Morin, who lives in Harford County, agonizes over her daughter’s final moments, stating, “I’m sure she knew she wasn’t going to live… She must have felt so helpless.”

Martinez Hernandez is due back in Harford County Circuit Court on July 22. His court-appointed attorney, Marcus Jenkins, didn’t immediately return a request for comment.