MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Accused killer Jose Manuel Martinez had a visit from his court appointed attorney Friday afternoon. Mike Terry tells WHNT News 19 he is preparing a defense for Martinez and has advised him to stop talking to investigators, cell mates, or anyone else for that matter.
Martinez is charged with the March 4th shooting death of a Decatur man, but has told investigators he may have killed as many as 30 people over the years while working as a hitman for various Mexican drug cartels.
Investigators from Florida and California have traveled to Moulton to interviewe Martinez.
As a result, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell says 13 different unsolved homicides have been cleared, including two in Florida and another 10 in California, plus the March shooting in his county. Sheriff Mitchell says he believes Martinez has probably killed twice that many people.
Terry has filed a motion for a preliminary hearing for Martinez but it has not yet been scheduled. He tells WHNT News 19 it’s his belief much of the information about Martinez’s alleged involvement with Mexican drug cartels came from a previous suspect in the Lawrence County homicide. Neither Sheriff Mitchell nor Investigator Tim McWhorter were readily available for comment.