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Manhunt for San Angelo man wanted for girlfriend's murder ends in Jones County

William James Martinez (Jones County Sheriff's Office)
William James Martinez (Jones County Sheriff's Office)
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The manhunt for a San Angelo man wanted for the murder of his girlfriend ended in Jones County.

William James Martinez, 39, was arrested in Hamlin around 7:40 a.m.

He was wanted for the murder of 23-year-old Selena Ann Bradley.

Bradley had gone missing on Friday.

The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office believed Hernandez was involved in Bradley’s disappearance.

On Monday, the sheriff's office and San Angelo Police Department executed search warrants at the place where Martinez worked in the 1100 block of South Chadbourne Street and his house the 100 block of Allen Street.

Investigators found Bradley's body in a freezer in the kitchen.

Bradley, who was wrapped in a blue tarp, was pregnant with her third child.

The cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy.

According to the affidavit, Bradley had "marks on her neck and the left side of her face consistent with being struck and assaulted."

San Angelo police said they learned Martinez might be in Abilene, so they contacted Abilene police.

Abilene police spotted Martinez's Camaro around 10 p.m. Monday at a car wash at State Street and Mockingbird Lane.

They tried to conduct a traffic stop, but he took off.

He led them on a high speed chase that was called off when it reached speeds up to 110 mph, according to a source.

The multi-county chase eventually involved the Jones County Sheriff's Office, Anson and Hamlin police departments, DPS and the Texas Game Wardens.

The Camaro was later found crashed in a field near the intersection of County Road 118 and County Road 115 in the Hamlin area.

Martinez was not in the vehicle.

A manhunt for Martinez was then conducted.

Hamlin police posted on Facebook that Martinez was last seen in the area and warned people to keep their vehicles and homes locked.

Hamlin Police Chief Bobby Evans told KTXS they got a call about 7:35 a.m. from a resident who saw a man walking with a limp.

He was walking down South Central Ave between 1st Street and Lake Drive.

Officer Joseph Benavides made contact with Martinez and called for backup.

Evans said Martinez refused to cooperate, but they identified him from tattoos and pictures on the warrant.

He was arrested and taken to the Jones County Jail.

His bond was set at $1,000,000.

According to court records, Martinez was indicted in March 2019 on five counts of child sex crimes.

  • Sex abuse of child continuous: victim under 14
  • Sexual assault child
  • Sexual assault child
  • Indecency w/child sexual contact
  • Indecency w/child sexual contact

He was arrested in February and was supposed to stand trial in September.

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