Illegal immigrant charged in 4 murders, told the police that he killed because he needed money for meth, official says

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An illegal immigrant charged with murder in the death of four people in Nevada earlier this year, told the police that he murders because he needed money to buy meth, a detective said Thursday.

Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, a 20-year-old Salvadoran national living in the U.S. illegally, broke into tears and repeatedly called himself an “idiot” for confessing to the murders during an interrogation hours after his arrest in Carson City on Jan. 19, a detective told a grand jury.


Martinez-Guzman had initially denied being behind the slaughter and was laughing and giggling while being questioned, Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Stefanie Brady said the grand jury on March 13, according to transcripts obtained by the Associated Press. When they are faced with a number of contradictions, but he admitted that he had “done something that is unforgivable.”

Brady said he told her that he shot his victims “because of the drugs.”

FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19, of El Salvador, is escorted into the courtroom for his first appearance in Carson City Justice Court in Carson City, Nev.
(AP Photo/Scott Hour, File)

“He said he needed the money for the meth and it was the meth,” Brady testified.

She added that Martinez made “a lot of contact with the eyes” in the beginning of the interrogation, and he said that he was initially fine without having a lawyer, because he was adamant he did nothing wrong.

When asked about certain items stolen from two of the victims of murder, Brady said Martinez-Guzman began to cry.

“He talked about how he was an idiot. He repeated that a few times,” Brady said. “He talked about how he had done something that is unforgivable.”

Martinez-Guzman was indicted last week on four murders with the use of a deadly weapon, three counts of burglary while in possession of a firearm and one count each of burglary, burglary during the obtaining of possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm stolen, according to the Associated Press.

Federal officials have said Martinez-Guzman is in the U.S. illegally, but they don’t know when or how he came to the other side of the border. The officials said they were seeking the death penalty in the case.


Martinez-Guzman’s lawyer had no comment after the viewing of the transcripts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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