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Ernesto Salgado MARTINEZ III





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To avoid arrest
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: August 15, 1995
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: November 17, 1975
Victims profile: Robert Martin (police officer)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on August 18, 1998

Supreme Court of Arizona

opinion CR-98-0393-AP

Date of Birth: November 17, 1975
Defendant: Hispanic
Victim: DPS Officer

In July 1995, Martinez stole a blue Monte Carlo in California and a license plate from another California car.

Two days before the murder, he showed a friend in Globe his revolver with black electrical tape wrapped around the handle. Martinez had prior convictions for violent crimes, was in violation of his probation, and did not want to go back to prison.

On August 15, 1995, several drivers noticed Martinez because of his excessive speed on S.R. 87. One couple passed him just after Officer Robert Martin had stopped him and was approaching the stolen Monte Carlo. Martinez shot Officer Martin four times and took his service revolver.

Due to Martinez's reckless, high-speed driving while fleeing the scene, several other drivers took down the Monte Carlo's license plate number.

Martinez fled to California, where the police arrested him a day later and recovered the murder weapon and Officer Martin's service revolver. After his arrest, Martinez was overheard during a telephone call bragging to a friend-and laughing-that he had killed a cop. Tests revealed that at least one of the bullets that struck Officer Martin was fired from Martinez's tape-wrapped revolver.


    Presiding Judge: Honorable Jeffrey Hotham (trial);
            Honorable Christopher M. Skelly (sentencing)
    Prosecutor: Robert Shuns and Juan Martinez
    Start of Trial: September 4, 1997
    Verdict: September 26, 1997
    Sentencing: August 18, 1998

Aggravating Circumstances

    Prior Serious Offenses
    Murder of a peace officer in the line of duty

Mitigating Circumstances

    Age of 19 years and 9 months at time of murder
    Personality disorder
    Family history



Ernesto S. Martinez III



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