Suspect Brought Back to California to Face Nine Murder Charges
TULARE – A man accused of nine counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide in Tulare County, Kern County and Santa Barbara County was extradited from Alabama to face the charges in Tulare.
Jose Manuel Martinez, 52, also known as El Mano Negro, was being held in an Alabama prison answering to one count of homicide, which he later plead out to a 50-year sentence in Alabama.
Meanwhile, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office worked on an out-of-state extradition for Martinez, who is from Richgrove, Calif. With the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Martinez was extradited back to California on September 3 and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial facility to face the nine California charges.
The crimes he is accused of occurred from 1980 through 2011. The victims ranged in age from 17 years old up to 56 years old.
Florida and nine other states are also seeking out Martinez as a person of interest for homicides within their jurisdictions.
LATIMES: Alabama killer extradited to CA