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DA files additional charges in Claremont killing

by COURIER staff

John Martinez, 45, the Pomona man accused of murder in the July 18 Claremont shooting death of Jose Padilla, 28, has been charged with two additional felonies: possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon, and a misdemeanor, brandishing a weapon.

The shooting took place at the Claremont Lodge, 736 S. Indian Hill Blvd. Claremont Police responded at 12:10 a.m. and found Padilla suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. First responders, including paramedics from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, performed life saving measures, but Padilla died at the scene.

The shooter fled the scene prior to the arrival of police, but an investigation led police to Martinez, who was located a short time later in West Covina and arrested without incident.

He was booked by Claremont police on July 18 and held in the Pomona Police Department jail. On July 19, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Martinez. He was arraigned July 20 in Pomona Superior Court, then transferred to the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at its Downtown L.A. jail, where he is being held in lieu of $4 million bond.

Martinez’s next court date is August 10. There are no other suspects in the case, police said.

Claremont Police Department investigators ask that anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, its aftermath, or has other information germane to the case, please call (909) 399-5411.

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