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Suspect in Pomona officer shooting wanted out of Mongols, friends say – Daily Bulletin

A San Gabriel man accused of shot and killed A Pomona SWAT officer in 2014 had earlier told two close friends he wanted out of the Mongols motorcycle club, according to testimony Thursday in the man’s murder trial.

The two friends, Jorge Luna and Andrew Ruedas, testified at his second trial David Martinez which is being held at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Center for Criminal Justice in Los Angeles.

The prosecution noted that the two men testified to what Martinez told them, but he did not leave the Mongols, yet attended Mongols events and even joked and mocked Mongols members in text messages and a phone call. The prosecution played audio of a phone call Martinez made from the county jail, in which he spoke to various Mongolian members and showed text messages between himself and other members.

Martinez has been charged with second-degree murder of the officer Shaun Diamond and assault with a firearm on an officer. His the first trial in 2019 it ended in one hung jury.

Martinez has claimed he thought the Pomona SWAT officers serving a search warrant in 2014 were other members of the Mongolian motorcycle club trying to break into his parents’ home. He said in testimony this week that he saw the barrel of a gun pointed at his father and fired a 12-gauge shotgun to protect his family.

Martinez testified Tuesday that he saw no one and had fired a shotgun at the area of ​​dark sky he saw when the door opened. The defense called it a warning shot.

Diamond was shot in the back of the neck and Martinez’s father, Arturo, was shot in the arm on Oct. 28, 2014. Diamond, 45, died the next day at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

At the time of the shooting, Martinez believed police had also fired. But the prosecution noted during opening statements in April that none of the officers fired a weapon.

In testimony Thursday, Luna said he has known Martinez for more than 25 years and thinks of him as a little brother. He said he found out Martinez was a member of the Mongols in the spring of 2013 after Martinez’s brother told him.

Martinez had a motorcycle accident that landed him in the hospital. When Luna visited him, Martinez admitted to being a member of the Mongols.

Martinez would later tell him that he wanted to leave the band. Those conversations happened while Martinez was visiting Luna’s wife in a hospital, according to Luna.

“He told me he wanted no part of this anymore,” Luna said.

Martinez also told him he felt threatened by some Mongolian members, Luna said. There were some members who liked him.

“He only trusted a few people,” Luna said.

Brady Sullivan, Martinez’s attorney, asked if Martinez was afraid to leave because some members might come to Martinez’s parents’ house in San Gabriel and cause trouble. Luna agreed.

Sullivan also asked Luna if Martinez showed he was trying to walk a fine line with the Mongols by attending the event but still distancing himself. Martinez wanted to buy time, he wanted to leave his parents’ house and move his family. according to Luna.

Ruedas said he worked with Martinez in the pest control business, has known him for two decades and considers him a mentor, an older brother and a good friend. After a former associate at Terminix died, he said, Martinez joined the Mongols.

Martinez also told Ruedas that he wanted out of the Mongols.

“It wasn’t what he thought it was going to be,” Ruedas said, adding that at first Martinez thought it was going to be a group of guys riding motorcycles.

Martinez told Ruedas he wanted to focus more on his family. Martinez also told him that some Mongolian members were two-faced.

Deputy District Attorney Hilary Williams asked Luna and Ruedas if they were aware that Martinez did not leave the Mongols and that he still went to events held by the Mongols.

“I don’t know if he left or not,” Ruedas said. He knew Martinez tried to leave the group, he added.

She asked the two men if they were able to read Martinez’s messages or if they had ever looked at his phone.

“I don’t even look at my wife’s phone,” Luna said.

Williams asked Luna if she was aware that Martinez had a tattoo of Genghis Khan’s head on his stomach. (The head is a symbol of the Mongols.) He did not know this.

An investigation by a task force at the Mongols Motorcycle Club led to the serving of several search warrants on October 28, 2014. Pomona SWAT was asked to serve a search warrant on a home in the 100 block of San Marino Avenue in San Gabriel. Martinez, his parents, sister, girlfriend and their two children were living there at the time.

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