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Temecula Man Found Guilty of Murder

He fatally shot a 20-year-old woman in her Temecula home over a gang dispute.

 

A man accused of fatally shooting a 20-year-old Temecula woman through her bedroom window was found guilty on all charges today.

Jose Adan Martinez, 20, was convicted of premeditated murder with enhancements of using and firing a gun and carrying a loaded gun as part of gang activity, according to court records.

The jury came to a verdict after only four hours of deliberation. Sentencing is scheduled for May 25 at the in French Valley.

The man drove with several friends to the home of Maria Semental, the victim, on June 16, 2010, slipped into her side gate, shot six rounds through her window, ran away with a smirk on his face, and sped away,

The defense argued that nobody saw Martinez pull the trigger except one person, and he may have been the real gunman,

The murder sprung from a fissure in Martinez's and Semental's gang. An older member living in Mexico assumed leadership of the group, and some of the younger members -- including Semental -- refused to follow the new leader's orders.

Semental called the leader and got in a heated argument with him. A few days later, she was killed.

The killing was likely ordered by the new leader, though no evidence was presented in the trial,

temeculan April 16, 2012 at 02:19 AM
......by the neck until dead. May god have mercy on his soul.
Pascual Dominguez April 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
That's the homie since 6th grade
Pascual Dominguez April 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Gunna go see you soon Ghost
Quincy April 16, 2012 at 06:07 PM
White trash Christian bigots pose a greater threat to our community than do Latino gangs. Period. It blows me away every time I read the comments on Patch. Where the hell do I live?
Anon April 16, 2012 at 06:39 PM
LOL Quincy! Show me the stats on that! Good lord!
TVOR April 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM
As if, when was the last time you heard of a white trash christian bigot committing a gang related murder?
savedbygrace April 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
hhmm.." White Trash Christian Bigot"..ouch that hurt..I am not any of that.. not in any way shape or form...well i hope and wish all the best for you all who posted..sorry if i offended anyone..God Bless..
TheTruth April 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
@savedbygrace: An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. (Exodus 21:24). But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:4. I agree that we all deserve forgiveness when we repent. However, that forgiveness is from GOD. We are still subject to the laws of this world and will be punished as such.
Troy April 17, 2012 at 07:49 PM
@savedbygrace, it seems like you know all the scumbags around here. First I noticed you commenting on the page of the man who attempted to rape his 12 year-old daughters friend (http://temecula.patch.com/articles/father-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-daughters-friend), and now here, as if you know them personally. Either you're a liar and an attention whore, or you're confused about what defines a person of moral character. You should just stop while you're ahead. You're comments are irrelevant.
Troy April 17, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Drugs and the wrong friends made him do it? Gee, my keybord just made me mispell as word or too. In my heart though, I am a good speller.
Troy April 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Troll
savedbygrace April 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM
To Troy...Yes in fact unfortionetly,I went to school with Jahannes in Burbank Ca.,and got an email from the Patch about local man Johannes Pena,,I though to my selfR u kidding me?? no way,,my heart sunk into my gut..Everything I wrote is true,I am not a attention whore or whatever you called me..I am simply devasated that two people i know where in the Patch..im still very upset and shocked by johannes;s actions and Jose's actions..So call me all the names you want..I shake my head still...It was very strange to see my friend from High School and my Church in Burbank in the Temecula Patch...I know to everyone who has done wrong and committed terrible crimes do reap what they sow,and they have to pay for there crimes,You do the crime you pay the time,,So Troy and Trust up above..you may want to read my post over,because I never said Jose doesn't deserve to be sentenced,,I just dont want him to get the death penalty,,to me he is still the 12 year old sweet good hearted teenager as I have known him to be.. .
savedbygrace April 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM
To Troy...Yes in fact unfortionetly,I went to school with Jahannes in Burbank Ca.,and got an email from the Patch about local man Johannes Pena,,I though to my selfR u kidding me?? no way,,my heart sunk into my gut..Everything I wrote is true,I am not a attention whore or whatever you called me..I am simply devasated that two people i know where in the Patch..im still very upset and shocked by johannes;s actions and Jose's actions..So call me all the names you want..I shake my head still...It was very strange to see my friend from High School and my Church in Burbank in the Temecula Patch...I know to everyone who has done wrong and committed terrible crimes do reap what they sow,and they have to pay for there crimes,You do the crime you pay the time,,So Troy and Trust up above..you may want to read my post over,because I never said Jose doesn't deserve to be sentenced,,I just dont want him to get the death penalty,,to me he is still the 12 year old sweet good hearted teenager as I have known him to be.. .
savedbygrace April 17, 2012 at 09:49 PM
To Quincy..You dont know me or my life or what I look like.or all my beliefs...I have to say that was the worst name Ive ever been called..and it hurt ,,like a knife in my heart and soul..I am not a WHITE TRASH CHRISTIAN BIGOT..I am just a person that cares,and has a heart which obviously you don't have you are just a BULLY>>very sad...Well Time for me to say goodbye.,,as I just battled cancer and a stroke and don't need the stress and Bullying..My prayers are for you all especially BULLY'S.and for all RACIST"S..Whatever don't kill us makes us stronger..
savedbygrace April 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I meant up above..Johannes not Jahannes..oops..sorry if my spelling and or grammer isnt so great my stroke..I had made me not able to write so well..
Sandra April 18, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I knew Adan Jose Martinez since I was a baby our families go way back. I wish I knew what went wrong with him but knowing his family background it drove him to this point. Last time I seen him I dont remember anything about no gangs,drugs etc he lived a pretty rough childhood. Only he knows what he did and it doesn't matter what you all thing because this is what you call "life"
joe April 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
All i got to say is family backgrounds have nothing to do with the actions this guy took.He did it because he chose to now good luck walking in the main yard...
joe April 18, 2012 at 03:37 PM
All i got to say is family backgrounds have nothing to do with the actions this guy took.He did it because he chose to now good luck walking in the main yard...
Anon April 18, 2012 at 03:40 PM
bad up bringing
Sandra April 19, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Tell him Sandra Camacho Mario's daughter says hello
Sandra April 19, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I DNt know who you are or anything about you but I'm sure parents do play a big role in your life as in others who have respect for there parents and look up to them. We are all different and have a mind and heart of our own.
aylin April 21, 2012 at 01:06 AM
For my part this is unjust this this judgment badly because she is a noble person and the guilty verdades are different
juan adan martinez April 26, 2012 at 05:21 AM
fuck everyhone thts shit talking bout jose none of u idiots knew him so fuck off!
juan adan martinez April 26, 2012 at 05:24 AM
thank you sandra
dxnx88 May 25, 2012 at 08:24 AM
i knew him back when he lived in old town and honestly i never thought he would be able to commit a crime such as this one. he was always so serious and didnt seem like a troublemaker but sometimes these things happen due to drugs or absent parents.
dxnx88 May 25, 2012 at 08:30 AM
WTF!!!!!!!! they already do that!! where have you been living all this time ??
dxnx88 May 25, 2012 at 08:36 AM
she wasnt part of the gang but she socialized with the gang members, they did state in the case that her boyfriend and Jose were best friends. This is a consequence of wut happens when u associate with these type of people (gang members) I not saying she deserved to die. Its just people should really think about who they get close to.
Mari May 28, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Obviously most ignorant people are found in here. Where is the proof that it was him? Most of you judge because he was a gang member. What ever happened to "dont judge a book by its cover"? Let me tell you a thing or two about Jose. Yes he hung around the wrong crowd but thats because he was looking for the family that he didnt have, he tried to get out of this gang and was working 2 part time jobs to support his 2 kids. He wanted to start anew, he's no low life! How about u start asking for real proof and dont let a possible innocent man pay for a crime that he possibly didnt commit... Remember the system fails sometimes...
Scamacho June 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Maricruz?
2sides April 19, 2013 at 04:56 AM
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