El Paso man accused of threatening District Judge in Walmart shooting case


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – An El Paso man is accused of threatening violence against the suspected Walmart shooter and El Paso District Judge Sam Medrano.

Jose Humberto Martinez, 38, was arrested by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

Authorities said Martinez placed a phone call to the 409th District Court, Judge Sam Medrano presiding. Judge Medrano is presiding over the capital murder case of the Walmart shooting suspect, Patrick Crusius.

Martinez allegedly threatened to kill Medrano if Crusis did not receive the death penalty. Authorities also say he also threatened to kill Crusius in the phone call.

Although the case against Crusius is currently assigned to the 409th District Court in El Paso, the case is expected to be moved out of jurisdiction for the jury trial sometime in late 2020 or early 2021.

Martinez has been charged with a 3rd Degree Felony Terroristic Threat. Martinez was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility. His bond was set at $75,000.

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