Ross-Jones Trial: Doherty Takes The Stand

By Adam Chick

December 5, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The man who delivered the fatal blow to Daniel Martinez, says he was just trying to help out a friend.

This entire case stems from a marijuana deal gone badly. 22-year-old Daniel Doherty, Ross-Jones' accomplice, and the man who shot and stabbed Martinez in the neck, took the stand today.

Martinez was promised a plea deal should he tell the truth on the stand.

On the table for him is a reduced charge from murder two to manslaughter, carrying with it a maximum penalty of 23 years in jail.

According to Doherty, the plan to kill Martinez started as a joke, but Ross-Jones liked the idea, so they decided to follow through with it.

Doherty admitted to selling mass quantities of marijuana himself, said he had no connection with Martinez.

The defense suggested that Doherty had told inmates that he stole from Martinez, and that's why he had to kill him. Doherty denied this claim.

Doherty was questioned by the District Attorney and cross examined by the defense. There is obviously no word yet whether his answers were sufficient to the point where he will avoid a life sentence.

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