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Testimony underway in Joseph Ross-Jones murder trial

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A clearer picture is now being painted of the murder of Daniel Martinez, 27, last year. Martinez's body was found in a wooded area in the Town of Chenango. Binghamton resident Joseph Ross-Jones is one of two people charged with second degree murder for the crime. Our Melissa Kakareka has more from the opening day of testimony in his trial in Broome County Court.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- What role, if any, did Joseph Ross-Jones play in the homicide of Daniel Martinez?

Well according to the prosecution, Joseph Ross-Jones, Daniel Doherty and Daniel Martinez all lived on different floors of an apartment complex in Binghamton. District Attorney Gerald Mollen says that Ross-Jones and Doherty owed Martinez and one of his associates more than $16,000 for marijuana.

Martinez's girlfriend testified that she overheard several conversations about monetary transactions involving Ross-Jones in the days leading up to the murder.

Mollen says Doherty and Ross-Jones lured Martinez out to a wooded area in the Town of Chenango and killed him after they were unable to deliver the money to Martinez's associate in Arizona.

Forensic pathologist Dr. James Terzian says Martinez's body had gunshot wounds and had been stabbed and slashed more than 40 times, with the most severe wound being one to the victim's neck.

Doherty has already admitted to second degree murder but says Ross-Jones also participated.

Defense attorney James Moran says that Doherty has told several different accounts of the murder in the past. Moran says that while Ross-Jones was involved with the drug deal, Doherty is lying about the actual murder to secure a plea deal with the District Attorney.

The defense points out that unlike Doherty, his client has no criminal history.

Doherty is expected to testify against Ross-Jones on Wednesday.

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