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LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A judge ruled that the media can be present for murder suspect Jose Martinez's preliminary hearing, which is set for July 10. His attorneys had wanted the media barred from these proceedings.

Police are trying to figure out if a Lawrence County murder suspect is an even more dangerous and busy killer than they thought, behind maybe as many as a dozen murders.

Jose Martinez was locked up for one murder in Lawrence County but authorities now say there's more.

Martinez was arrested in Yuma in Arizona on Monday. Sheriff Gene Mitchell said Martinez had been picked up by police when he tried to sneak over the border from Mexico.

Ruiz was wanted in Lawrence County for the murder of Jose Ruiz back in March.

Deputies arrested another suspect, Jaime Romero, for Ruiz's death shortly after it happened.

Ruiz was shot to death in the Speake community. 

Police said a business deal between the three of them turned into a violent dispute and that it was Martinez who actually shot Ruiz. 

Deputies said when they questioned Martinez, he confessed to a double murder in Florida in 2006 and they now think he was behind more killings in California.   

Mitchell said Lawrence County is now working with several other police agencies to see if Martinez is connected to other murders from coast to coast.

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