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    Alleged Mexican cartel member reportedly confesses to 30 killings across United State

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    Published June 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm

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    An alleged member of multiple Mexican drug cartels reportedly confessed to more than 30 killings across the United States.

    Jose Manuel Martinez allegedly admitted to the killings while being questioned by police about his connection to another murder in Alabama, police announced Thursday. Authorities say they have connected him to 10 murders in California and two in Florida, reported.

    Police were able to track down 51-year-old Martinez after he was picked up in Arizona as he attempted to cross into the U.S., the station reported. He was extradited to Alabama where he made the alleged confessions.

    Martinez allegedly said he killed while collecting drug-related debts in retaliation for things done to his family members. He allegedly claimed he murdered child sex predators in vigilante-style killings, reported.

    "He said the first time he ever killed somebody was over 30-something years ago. He was young – a teenager,” Capt. Tim McWhorter, of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, told

    "Everything he's telling us has checked out," McWhorter said. "He knows all the details. He’s spot-on with the specifics of a crime."

    Police say Martinez is not revealing who hired him or might have been with him during the alleged killings.

    Sheriff investigators have since charged Martinez in a November 2006 case. Two men were found zip tied and shot multiple times inside a truck along a Florida road, reported.

    Authorities said DNA from a cigarette butt found inside a soda can left inside the truck matches Martinez.

    "If I didn't do the job, someone would have," Martinez told police, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

    Martinez is originally from Mexico but has legal status in the United States, Capt. James Pogue with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Latino.

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    Sheriff: Martinez May Have Killed 34 People, Maybe More

    Posted on: 4:16 pm,
    March 13, 2014, by Al Whitaker,

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – There are new developments in the case of a confessed hitman. Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell says Jose Martinez’ continued confessions have now cleared seventeen murder investigations across the country.

    Martinez was in court Thursday morning for a hearing related to a motion asking the court to appoint new attorneys to defend his case. Martinez fired the first two court appointed attorneys claiming they were neglecting his case. Lawrence County Circuit Court Judge Mark Craig granted the motion, setting a trial date in June.

    Meanwhile, Martinez has been linked to even more deaths. Last time WHNT News 19 spoke with investigators in Lawrence County about him, they had cleared 11 different homicide cases, primarily in Florida and California.

    Jose Martinez (Photo: Lawrence County, AL Sheriff’s Office)

    Thursday, Sheriff Gene Mitchell says that number has risen to 17 different murders Martinez has admitted to, and investigators say they believe he’s responsible for at least that many more, as many as 34 deaths, maybe more.

    Martinez is still talking with investigators occasionally, and providing more and more details about other people he says he killed as a collection agent, or hitman, for a Mexican drug cartel. He’s currently jailed in Lawrence County, though, for the March 2013 shooting death of a Decatur man, Jose Ruiz.

    Sheriff Mitchell says Martinez is responsible for many other crimes.
    “We’ve confirmed, where we’ve got someone on the other end saying ‘yes, we had that murder and it was still unsolved,’ we’ve had 17 and he’s reported about 34,” Mitchell said.

    Sheriff Mitchell says Martinez has provided details of the cases that only someone involved in the crimes would know. But there are so many, some of the details are blurred, leaving investigators to literally canvass police agencies in various states to see if the information matches an unsolved killing in their area.

    “We’re able to send it to everybody at one time and you update your information occasionally on it, remind them that we’re still looking, and every time we get something else you’re going to be sending that out to where everybody can see it,” said Mitchell.

    Sheriff Mitchell is referring to using his department’s NCIC computer system. Through the National Crime Information Center, various police and sheriff’s agencies can share information such as this.

    Granting Martinez’ motion Thursday morning, Judge Craig announced the new attorneys would be named in the next few days. Although the trial in Lawrence County is scheduled for June, WHNT News 19 has learned it will probably be pushed back until August to give new attorneys time to prepare for trial.

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    Jose Martinez Charged with Nine Counts of Murder in California

    , April 8, 2014,
    by Drew Galloway,

    TULARE COUNTY, Ca. (WHNT) – Nine counts of murder and one count of attempted murder were filed in California against accused contract killer Jose Martinez, 51.

    Martinez is currently in custody in Alabama. Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said Martinez admitted to 17 different murders while in custody. Mitchell said investigators believe Martinez is responsible for as many as 34 deaths, maybe more.

    In addition to those charges in California, Martinez has also been charged with special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, lying in wait, kidnapping and murder for financial gain. These special circumstances make Martinez eligible for the death penalty in California, according to the Tulare County District Attorney.

    Six of the nine murder victims were killed in Tulare County, two in Kern, and one in Santa Barbara, where the defendant also attempted to kill a witness to that crime, according to Tulare’s District Attorney’s Office.

    In chronological order, the California charged are:

    • The October 21, 1980 murder of 23-year-old David Bedolla of Lindsay, CA. Bedolla was shot while driving his vehicle to work with his wife, brother, and brother-in-law. The shooting took place between Lindsay and Strathmore in Tulare County.
    • The October 1, 1982 murder of 30-year-old Sylvester Ayon and the attempted murder of 17-year-old, only identified at “G. G.,” who were both shot while working on a ranch near the Santa Ynez area off Refugio road in Santa Barbara County. G.G. survived the shooting while Sylvester Ayon died from multiple gunshot wounds.
    • The October 19, 1982 murder of 22-year-old Earlimart resident Raul Gonzalez. Gonzalez was last seen at his home on October 19, 1982. Two days later his body was located by ranchers off Fountain Springs Road, east of Porterville. He had been shot and stabbed multiple times.
    • The April 8, 1995 murder of 29-year-old Domingo Perez of Earlimart, CA. Perez was reported missing by family members on April 8, 1995. His body was located in an orange grove just north of Richgrove in Tulare County on May 23, 1995. He had been shot multiple times.
    • The murder of 56-year-old Santiago Perez of Pixley, who was shot to death in his bed in the early morning hours of February 14, 2000. Perez’s four minor children were home at the time of the shooting.
    • The February 15, 2007 murder of 25-year-old Jose Alvarado. Alvarado was located on a dirt access road outside of the town of McFarland in Kern County. He had been shot multiple times.
    • The March 23, 2009 murder of 52-year-old Juan Bautista Moreno. Moreno was located in an orange grove south of Elmo Highway near McFarland in Kern County. He had been shot multiple times.
    • The September 30, 2009 murder of 45-year-old Joaquin Barragan of Earlimart, CA. Barragan was located on the bank of Deer Creek canal just east of Earlimart by ranchers working the area. He had been missing since September 27, 2009. Barragan suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
    • The February 7, 2011 murder of 54-year-old Gonzalo Urquieta of Earlimart, CA. Urquieta was located in an orange grove just outside of the town of Richgrove, CA. He had been missing since February 5, 2011. Urquieta was shot multiple times.

    All six Tulare county homicides were investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s office.

    Martinez is currently in custody in the State of Alabama pending trial on a murder charge from March of 2013. Jose Manuel Martinez is also pending an arrest warrant out of the State of Florida for two murders that occurred in November of 2006.

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    Wow, the man has confessed to 34 murders. Why isn't this front page news in all the major news publications?
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