The Bronx District Attorney’s Office will unseal an indictment this morning charging a convicted Pennsylvania killer with the 1998 rape and murder of a 14-year-old Bronx girl.
James Martin, 40, already is in prison in Pennsylvania for a collection of crimes, including two strangulation murders — which is the same way he allegedly killed 14-year-old Marleny Cruz in a Bronx park 13 years ago.
One of Martin’s previous murders was over a $115 pair of Air Jordans that reportedly didn’t even fit him. At the time, Martin was only 17. The murder landed Martin a supporting role in a Sports Illustrated cover story about an increase in violent robberies over high-priced celebrity endorsed clothing.
For his second murder, Martin fatally strangled his live-in girlfriend,
leaving her body in a dumpster in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Martin will face yet another murder charge thanks to a Bronx homicide
detective who retrieved skin cells taken from underneath the finger
nails of Cruz. The DNA recovered matched Martin’s.
Martin’s been extradited back to New York to face the new charges of second-degree murder, rape, and criminal sex act. We expect the Bronx D.A. to release the indictment later today. Check back for updates.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 10, 2012