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2002 Raleigh murder suspect extradited back to NC

Posted September 24, 2014

Jose Francisco Martinez

— A man charged in the death 12 years ago of a man in Raleigh is finally in police custody, a spokeswoman for the department said in a news release Wednesday.

Jose Francisco Martinez, 42, is a suspect in the June 19, 2002, homicide of Carlos Gomez, but he was never arrested because he was in Texas serving a prison sentence until 2019.

Authorities there, however, extradited Martinez back to North Carolina once he became eligible for parole.

Details of Gomez's death weren't immediately clear, but, in addition to first-degree murder, Martinez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into occupied property.

It was also unclear why Martinez was serving time in prison in Texas.

He returned to Raleigh Tuesday and is being held without bond at the Wake County Detention Center.


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  • papasan Sep 24, 2014

    If he is found guilty of the murder in NC; EXECUTE him and save both Texas and NC the cost of housing and feeding him for all those years (the remainder of his life). If executions were carried out with the 20+ years delays, maybe, just maybe it would serve as a example to others that think killing someone is the solution to what ever problem they have. Now someone can commit murder and be sentenced to death and maybe NEVER be executed.

  • TeaBagOnLove Sep 24, 2014

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    What I think he/she is saying: NC DOC will hopefully have a similar option like TX DOC did when they transferred him to NC to serve a life sentence...

  • Ronan Cates Sep 24, 2014
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    Welcome home. I hope you enjoy your accommodations.

  • 123skipjack Sep 24, 2014

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    ...Thank you professor for bringing up this incredibly important topic.

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 24, 2014
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    "Murder suspect extradited back to NC".
    Dear editor, Actually it should read "Murder suspect extradited to NC."

  • Elisabeth Stevens Sep 24, 2014
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    You hope the N.C. Dept. of Corrections is this smart? What does that possibly mean? Just Where are "we going to send him" ?

  • Local Native Sep 24, 2014

    Smart move on the part of the Texas Corrections. They release him 5 years early and send him to NC so they don't have to fund his room and board for the next 5 years. Slick move Texas. I hope our NC Dpt of Corrections is this smart.