Death Row Inmate Had Local Connection

POSTED: Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 9:27am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

A Texas man accused of starting his criminal career here in the Valley was put to death by legal injection on Wednesday night.

Prison officials say once injected it took eight minutes for David Martinez to die. A jury had convicted Martinez in the 1994 death of his live-in girlfriend and her son in San Antonio. The 36 year-old Martinez began his rap sheet in Hidalgo county at the age of thirteen.

Authorities accused him of breaking into a home to steal his neighbors panties, three years later, a judge sentenced him juvenile probation for burglaries, and later plead guilty to attempted sexual assault on a McAllen woman.

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