Alfred Flores's chewing gum leads to bust for head-shot murder of Manuel Martinez
|Near 3rd and Santa Fe, where Martinez is said to have been executed.|
At that point, the informant continued, Flores allegedly asked Arze-Beltran for his gun and shot Martinez in the head while the Acura was in the middle of the intersection. Afterward, the narrative maintains that Flores and company changed their clothes and burned what they were wearing along with the car itself.
"That's how they do it in California," Flores allegedly told him.
Yet another source who claims to have spoken with Flores says that after the killing, he took Martinez's money -- $6,000, according to Casillas -- and Arze-Beltran grabbed his drugs before dumping the body off South Platte River Drive.
These witnesses provided authorities with plenty of evidence against Flores. But the lab techs offered one more bit of assistance. Last month, they confirmed that DNA on the gum matched Flores.
Last week, Flores was taken into custody and was held without bond on a single count of first-degree murder. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance this week.
Look below to see a larger version of his booking photo, followed by the aforementioned arrest affidavit.
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