Ricardo Martinez, right, and Deputy Public Defender Melainee Collins, left, listen as the jury announces that it found Martinez guilty of two accounts of first-degree murder, July 20, 2012. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Convicted killer wants Dodge Ram truck released

By From page A1 | March 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Pay $7,000 or release the 1999 Dodge Ram police had towed to a crime lab, says a legal filing against Fairfield police by a man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

Ricardo D. Martinez, an inmate at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Fresno County, is representing himself in the legal bid for the white and blue truck he said was not used in illegal activity but was not released to him or his brother. Martinez filed the legal action late last month in Solano County Superior Court.

Jurors convicted Martinez in 2012 of murder in the deaths in Maria Terrones and her new boyfriend, Jose Valerde-Lopez, outside an apartment on Crowley Lane during the night of Nov. 13, 2010. Martinez fled Fairfield for Mexico and was arrested in New Mexico a few days later.

After his arrest in Farmington, N.M., the truck was towed to a crime lab in the state, the filing adds.

An April 23 status conference, which Martinez is scheduled to participate in by phone, is scheduled for his claim about the truck.

David White, assistant city manager for Fairfield, said the municipality cannot comment on matters in litigation.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • Skeptic ScroogeMarch 13, 2014 - 3:14 am

    Must be a diesel!

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  • MDSMarch 13, 2014 - 9:50 am

    Sounds like it's been in police custody for several years. Send him a bill for $20,000 in storage fees and tell him the truck is all his once the bill is paid.

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