Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Man Testifies Friends Shot Each Other.

Byline: Brendan Smith Journal Staff Writer

Joe E. Martinez testified Friday at his double-homicide trial, saying two friends shot each other in a fight over a cocaine deal last Christmas Day in Chimayo, leaving him the only survivor.

"I was just trying to save my life from getting shot with that bullet," the 27-year-old Espanola man testified. "This is the worst thing that has happened in my life and (for) my family and everybody's families."

The four-day trial ended Friday evening with the jury deliberating for about four hours. Deliberations are expected to resume Monday.

Prosecutors said Martinez and 28-year-old Kenny Vaughn kidnapped 40-year-old Tommy Medina and beat him at gunpoint before Vaughn and Medina died in a shootout. …

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