Man confessed to more than 30 killings, Marion detectives say

Man confessed to more than 30 killings, Marion detectives say

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A man arrested in connection with a double murder in Central Florida has admitted to killing more than 30 people, Marion County detectives say.

Jose Manuel Martinez, who turned 51 on Thursday, is facing two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Javier Huerta and Gustavo Rivas, killed in 2006 off State Road 19.

"From his statements, he's killed over 30 people throughout the United States," Marion Sheriff's Det. T.J. Watts said of Martinez.

Martinez told detectives he was a debt collector for a Mexican drug cartel and provided details about the killings that only the killer would have known, the Sheriff's Office said. He reportedly told detectives he wanted to confess to all 30 killings because he thought it was time to pay for what he'd done.

Martinez is in custody in Alabama, where he is facing a first-degree murder charge there on an unrelated homicide.

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