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Official: 'Honor' slaying led to arrest of Tulare murder suspect
Official: 'Honor' slaying led to arrest of Tulare murder suspect

Although officials have said Jose Manuel Martinez claimed to have killed dozens of people on behalf of an unnamed Mexican drug cartel -- including nine in California -- an Alabama official said Wednesday that the slaying that led to his arrest last year was personal. In March 2013, Martinez was in Lawrence County, Ala., visiting his daughter. Lawrence County Dist. Atty. Errek Jett said Martinez killed Jose Ruiz, an associate of a friend, because Ruiz had previously said something about Martinez's daughter. “He put it in the context of family honor,” Jett said. Martinez returned to California, where he lived, and then took a trip to Mexico. But when he tried to cross...

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