Admitted Cartel Hit-Man to Face Capital Trial in Florida

Posted at 4:50 PM, Nov 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-11 16:50:00-05

 OCALA, Fla. (AP) — An admitted Mexican cartel hit-man convicted of murders in California and Alabama is also facing a possible death sentence in Florida for two additional killings.

Authorities say 53-year-old Jose Manuel Martinez is being charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of 20-year-old Javier Huerta and 28-year-old Gustavo Olivares-Rivas in Florida.

The victims were found in a pickup truck bound and shot multiple times on a road in Ocala National Forest.

Martinez has already been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to nine murders in California over three decades. Last year, Martinez pleaded guilty in Alabama to killing a man for making derogatory remarks about his daughter.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports ( that prosecutors in Marion County will seek to extradite Martinez from California.