Martinez plea hearing to be rescheduled

CNJ Staff

The plea hearing for a 26-year-old Clovis man charged in connection with a double homicide in February has been postponed to a later date.
Joey Martinez was expected to plead guilty and be sentenced Thursday afternoon before Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert C. Brack, but the hearing was vacated at the request of defense attorney Daniel R. Lindsey, according to court officials.
Martinez is charged with two counts of accessory to murder in the shooting deaths of Alex Rodriguez, 29, and Wesley Griest, 39. Martinez is also charged with shooting at a dwelling or occupied building in another incident on Feb. 24.
Rodriguez and Griest were found shot to death Feb. 28 on a dirt road in Curry County west of Cannon Air Force Base.
“The defense attorney wanted to take another look at some photos and other evidence,” said Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett J. Carter. “The plea agreement is still in place. The hearing will be rescheduled at a later date.”
Lindsey was not available for comment.
Martinez has been in custody since his arrest on April 21 on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
Dominic Murphy, 25, of Clovis is also being held in connection with the case. He is charged with two open counts of murder and several other lesser charges.
Authorities believe the shootings were drug related.