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New leads investigated in 2005 double homicide

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The scene of a double homicide of a married couple at their Piedmont Highway home in 2005. (File/FOX Carolina) The scene of a double homicide of a married couple at their Piedmont Highway home in 2005. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

New leads are trickling into the Greenville County Sheriff's Office Cold Case unit about a 2005 double homicide that remains unsolved.

Investigators say Juan Carlos Martinez and his wife, Claudia, were executed Nov. 21, 2005 inside their home off Piedmont Highway.

"We found one victim, Mr. Martinez, lying on the kitchen floor. His hands and feet were bound," said Lt. Tim Jones with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. "We found Mrs. Martinez in the front left bedroom with, also, her hands and feet behind her. They were murdered, bound, shot, and basically executed is what they were."

Investigators believe drugs were a motive in the double homicide.

"It's likely that they knew them (the killers)," said Jones. "There was some drugs in the house, a good amount, actually. It's obvious the Martinez dealt in that world. So, more than likely, this murder stems from some drug activity."

The couple had three children. Two of them were at a day care the day of the killings, while investigators say their toddler was inside the home when his parents were killed.

A lot of questions have surrounded the fact that he killers left the child alive. While they can only speculate at this point, investigators have a theory.

"I can't imagine them wanting to hurt a child like that, but the only thing I can hope for is they didn't know he was here, and he woke up later on," said Jones.

The child, about 8 now, hasn't been able to provide investigators with any useful information. In fact, investigators don't know if the child witnessed his parents' execution.

There are still a lot more questions than answers in this case. Investigators say because this crime has ties to the drug world a lot of the people with information are intimidated about coming forward.

However, Cold Case Investigator Joe Wood said they've gotten some new information in this case.

"If the people involved in it are the people we think are involved, that would explain why nobody is talking about it," Wood explained. "We have received some pretty good leads on it lately that we're following up on. With the information we've received lately, there's a good possibility it can be solved."

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME. A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the Martinezes' killers.

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