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Dec 5, 2013 6:02 PM by Janine Reyes

Mother of Murder Victim Grateful for Arrest

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Corpus Christi Police wrapped up their case on a homicide investigation that began almost a year ago. It was their last open homicide case from 2012, bringing them up to 100% closure on homicides last year, it's the first time since 2001.

33-year-old Matthew Grier is in prison on unrelated alcohol charges, but now, he's charged with murdering 21-year-old Michael Andrew Martinez.

"Its bittersweet, I'm so relieved that there's someone that can be held accountable for this tragedy but it's not going to bring my baby back," Martinez's mother, JoAnn Jackson told us in tears, "it was senseless."

She spent the past year hoping for answers in the death of her son.

On December 19, 2012, authorities found his body in a burning apartment on 7th Street. Investigators say he died from stab wounds before the fire.

Jackson never knew why anyone would kill her son.; Now she says detectives determined the motive was robbery.

She hopes she can one day ask Grier the question she's struggled with all year.

"You took an innocent person's life, you know, for what," she asked, "and why, that just bothers me," Jackson said from her living room filled with memories of her son.

Martinez would have turned 22 on Tuesday, his friends sent flowers and balloons to celebrate his life cut short.

His mother says it's that support that's helped her cope with pain no mother ever wants to feel.

"In my heart, it is so broken," she described, "like I want to say I can't live without him, but I'm going to live for him now."

Now, she'll lean on her faith to help her move forward.

"When it comes down to it, I'm not the judge and jury, God is going to be and you can't run from that. And that makes me okay," she said.

Authorities were not sure when Grier might come to Nueces County to face charges. He's serving a 5 year sentence for driving while intoxicated and evading arrest.

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