Manuel Martinez accused of trying to pay off witness in brother’s murder case

Manuel Martinez charged with witness tampering, Ruben Martinez still awaiting trial

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter,
Published On: Nov 12 2012 07:29:47 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 12 2012 08:32:38 AM CST
Manuel Martinez

Manuel Martinez, 20, is facing charges after allegedly trying to pay off a witness in the murder case against his younger brother, Ruben Martinez, 19.

An arrest warrant affidavit stated that the witness contacted San Antonio police on Nov. 7, telling them that Manuel Martinez had offered him money not to testify against Martinez’s brother.

Ruben Martinez is still awaiting trial in the December 2011 murder of Francisco Rodriguez, Jr., 23, the affidavit stated.

Police at the time said the shooting, on Interstate 37 near Fair Avenue, was the result of road rage.

Ruben Martinez

Police declined to release the name of the witness, saying that both brothers are members of a local gang and could pose a threat to him.

Manuel Martinez was arrested Friday on a charge of tampering with a witness.