An emergency medical technician has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill her husband, a Houston firefighter.
Court records show Brittany Martinez, 24, paid $1,000 and provided a work schedule and tips on how best to off her husband, Adrian Ray Martinez. She didn't micromanage things, though: Although she warned the hit man about security cameras across the street from the firehouse where the hit was to take place earlier this month, "she did not care what type of weapon was to be used, she just wanted the job done," court documents say.
One thing she was sure of: She wanted her husband killed before he discovered she had taken the $1,000 out of their bank account because, you know, that would entail a kinda awkward conversation.
Court documents say that Martinez did what everyone does when they're looking for a hit man to kill their husband: She asked the manager of the family's favorite Casa Olé restaurant to do the job.
She told him in January she was having marital problems and wanted her husband killed. The manager told her he couldn't do it himself, and Martinez told him she "was okay with someone else committing the murder, but she just did not want to meet or come in contact with the person" doing the job, court documents state.
She gave the manager cash, a picture of her husband, his work schedule with the dates of March 3 and March 5 circled, and the tip about the security cameras.
Later, the manager called her and taped the conversation, records say. She told him, among other things, the hit man should park a block away from the firehouse and make sure to do the killing in the back parking lot.
She's charged with the felony of solicitation of murder.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.