Self-professed contract killer pleads guilty to 9 murder charges

Self-professed contract killer pleads guilty to 9 murder charges

(WAFF) - A self-proclaimed hitman who pleaded guilty to a Lawrence County murder has pleaded guilty to nine murder charges in California.

Jose Manuel Martinez pleaded guilty to the charges in a Fresno, California court Tuesday.

Martinez claims he was a cartel enforcer. He is accused of fatally shooting Jose Ruiz in Lawrence County in March 2013.

In addition to the murder charges in California, he is charged with two counts of murder in Florida.

In all, investigators believe they have identified 17 states that Martinez may have been located where there may be more potential victims.

Martinez was sentenced in Alabama in 2014 for the Ruiz murder. He is currently held in the Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery.

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