Man who says he killed 40 won't divulge associates

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man in an Alabama jail who has confessed to killing dozens across the country did not name the drug cartels he said employed him.

Tim McWhorter, a captain and chief investigator with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Alabama, says 51-year-old Jose Manuel Martinez told authorities that he would never divulge the names or cartel affiliations of his criminal associates. Martinez told investigators he was not necessarily a hit man but was hired to collect debts.

Lawrence County deputies arrested Martinez in connection with a 2013 shooting death.

McWhorter said that Martinez, who has pleaded not guilty in the case, confessed to that killing and many others.

Martinez has also been charged with nine murders in California and is wanted on suspicion of committing two 2006 murders in Florida.

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