Trial delay sought for man accused of killings

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Updated: 5/15 10:39 am

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) — New defense attorneys are seeking to delay the first murder trial of a man accused of multiple killings.

Attorneys for Jose Manuel Martinez filed court papers Wednesday in Moulton saying they need more time to prepare and asked Circuit Judge Mark Craig to delay the trial set for June 16.

The judge appointed Thomas Turner and Paula Bassham to represent Martinez in March after he sought a change in his court-appointed attorneys.

Martinez, 51, of Richgrove, Calif., has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the 2013 shooting death of Jose Arturo Ruiz. Once he finishes his case in Alabama, he faces trials in California on nine murder charges involving killings between 1980 and 2011. Investigators say Martinez told them that he was an enforcer for a drug cartel.

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