Jesus Martinez

Victoria County Sheriff’s Office deputies escort Jesus Martinez out of a Victoria courtroom after he was found guilty for the 2018 deaths of Michelle Johnson, 31, and Dward Kitchens, 34, on Friday. Martinez was sentenced to life in prison with no chance at parole.

A man convicted of capital murder Friday for the shooting death of two Victoria residents in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

After four days of hearing witness testimony and about two hours of deliberation, a Victoria County jury handed down a guilty verdict to Jesus Martinez, 32, who was accused of killing Michelle Johnson, 31, and Dward Kitchens, 34 in September 2018.

Jesus Martinez

Jesus Martinez, 32, sits in a Victoria courtroom awaiting the go-ahead from bailiffs to leave the Victoria County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon. The presiding judge asked the families associated with the defense and state, respectively, to stagger their exit from the courthouse after a verbal altercation between Martinez and an audience member occurred in a courthouse hallway shortly after morning proceedings recessed.

Johnson

Amanda Rosas, left, poses for a photo with her sister Michelle Johnson, who was found dead in a double homicide in September 2018 alongside Dward Kitchens, 34.

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Chase covers breaking news, crime and courts for the Advocate. He graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor's in mass communication and journalism. He can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or at @chasedrogers on Twitter.

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