Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A drug deal gone bad. Both the prosecution and defense agree the murder of 27-year-old Daniel Martinez was a related to $16,600 worth of marijuana.
The deal was intertwined between four major players: Joseph Ross-Jones, Daniel Doherty from Binghamton, Martinez from the Bronx and now a new player, Carlos Carreras.
Ross-Jones was supposed to deliver drug money to Carreras, but at the Phoenix airport, police questioned him and then confiscated the money he brought.
That's when Ross-Jones and Doherty panicked about owing thousands to Carreras.
The prosecution says the two men decided to kill Martinez who was Carreras' east coast contact, and "let the Mexicans take out Carreras."
The prosecution claims Doherty and Ross-Jones got Martinez to drive them to the Town of Chenango, saying they were going to get the money. They stopped him at Wilson Hill road, claiming they were lost. That's when the Doherty shot Martinez twice before he fled into the woods.
When they caught up with Martinez, Ross-Jones stabbed him. But it was Doherty who delivered the fatal wound, a slash on the neck which severed an artery, causing him to bleed out in a very short time.
As part of a plea deal, Doherty agreed to testify against Ross-Jones.
The defense told the jury Ross-Jones was a pawn in the drug game. His attorney called Ross-Jones an inexperienced criminal, who had never had any trouble police.
Doherty will take the stand Wednesday. He was originally charged with murder but will plead guilty to manslaughter. The murder charged carried a sentence of 25 years to life. The manslaughter plea will result in a sentence of 23 years in prison.