On May 20th, 50-year-old California native Jose Manuel Martinez was trying to cross the border checkpoint in San Luis when a routine background check revealed a warrant for his arrest in connection with the murder of an Alabama business owner.
After being extradited to Lawrence County, Alabama, he not only confessed to the murder, but told investigators he has been a hitman for drug cartels for years, and has committed at least 30 murders.
Two of those murders took place in Marion County, Florida, while the rest took place in California.
DNA evidence obtained from a cigarette butt found in a truck where the bodies of Javier Huerta and Gustavo Olivares-Rivas were found links Martinez to the murders.
Martinez told authorities he was ordered to kill the pair after they had stolen 10 kilos of cocaine.
Captain Tim McWhorter with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office says he was shocked by the confessions.
“I’ve never had someone confess to something so severe,” he said. “That’s not the norm. Once he started talking to us about his case in Alabama, it was like the floodgates opened. “