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Two suspects in Bangerter Highway murder case arrested

Mar 16, 2022, 10:01 AM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:43 am

West Jordan Police are investigating in an incident in which a driver of a suspicious vehicle attempted to pull over another motorist on Friday, Oct. 14. Photo credit: KSL TV File.

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Two men have been arrested in connection to the murder of Cesar Adan Martinez, whose body was found alongside Bangerter Highway in West Jordan in late February. 

Martinez’s body was found near 7800S. on Bangerter Highway on Feb. 26. West Jordan Police reported finding multiple stab wounds in his body. The death was ruled a murder.

According to detectives, police were able to find both suspects after multiple tips from the public. There was also some communication between Martinez and one of the suspects that helped in the search.

The suspects have been identified as 24-year-old Mario Alberto Carreto Morales and 30-year-old Raul Jaimes Cortez, although investigators are trying to find more information about what their names may actually be.  For now, they’re being identified as “Suspect One” and “Suspect Two.”  Police say one of the suspects admitted being with Martinez and the other suspect on the night of the murder.

West Jordan Police Officer Sam Winkler said, “He did admit that he and the other suspect were with Mr. Martinez on the night he was killed and that the plan was, by Suspect One, to rob Mr. Martinez while they were driving him home.”

However, Winkler says some sort of argument broke out between Martinez and Suspect One, and the suspect took out a knife.

“Suspect number one then stabbed Mr. Martinez several times and ultimately pushed him out of the vehicle,” according to Winkler.

Both of the suspects were arrested Tuesday, and one of them denies taking part in the robbery or the stabbing.  However, Winkler says both were booked for homicide since both took part in the cover-up.

“They’re both aware of it and they both attempted to hide the evidence,” Winkler said.  “Going to the next level, where you’re taking out a knife and stabbing this person multiple times and pushing him out of the vehicle to die and dying on the side of the road is a step above that.  That’s just cruel.”

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