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Man convicted of double slayings executed in Texas

Man convicted of double slayings executed in Texas

A Fort Worth man convicted of gunning down his ex-girlfriend and her friend after stalking her to collect a debt was executed Tuesday night as his mother begged him not to die.
"James, don't leave me, you can't die. Don't leave me," cried Marta Martinez after her son, James Edward Martinez, was injected with the lethal drugs.
Officers brought a wheelchair into the room and removed her and her daughter before Martinez was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m., nine minutes after the injection.
Martinez, 34, was condemned for the fatal shootings of Sandra Walton, 29, whom he dated briefly, and her 19-year-old friend Michael Humphreys outside her Fort Worth apartment in 2000.
Martinez was the 11th condemned inmate to receive the lethal injection this year in the nation's most active death penalty state and the first of two that were scheduled to die on consecutive nights this week.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal about four hours before the execution. His attorneys had argued they had a new witness who backed Martinez's claim he was home on the night of the slayings.
Prosecutors said the argument wasn't new and that a Tarrant County jury didn't believe the alibi claim at Martinez's trial.
Walton was shot at least nine times and Humphreys was hit eight times as they returned home from a late-night fast-food run. Her body was found in her car, and Humphreys' body was found about 10 feet away. Authorities found 27 shell casings from a high-powered rifle at the scene.
"This was a calculated and premeditated act," said Robert Foran, an assistant district attorney who prosecuted Martinez. "He destroyed two people in a matter of seconds. When he was arrested, he had an arsenal of weapons as well as literature. He was fascinated with the idea of death."
Inside a storage bin Martinez rented, detectives found more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition, bomb-making components, pistols, illegal knives, illegally modified firearms and books on killing techniques and body disposal.
Martinez had loaned $1,000 to Walton during their relationship, and when they broke up, he demanded quick repayment. Walton gave him a promissory note, but told friends Martinez continued to harass her.


Updated : 2021-05-19 09:02 GMT+08:00