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June 10, 2021

The Murder of Martha Puebla

The Murder of Martha Puebla
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Martha Puebla was 16 years old when she became a victim of gang violence,  gunned down while sitting outside her house chatting with friends. The suspect was obvious - Jose Ledesme and Mario Catalan had been arrested for another murder and told that Martha had identified them as the shooter. But instead of going after Jose and Mario, investigators arrest Mario's little brother, Juan Catalan, for the murder of Martha Puebla. Proving his innocence would require a wild goose chase involving the Dodgers, HBO, Larry David, and an enormous amount of luck.

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The Los Angeles Times | Interrogation, Then Revenge  (Joel Rubi & Ari B. Bloomekatz)

LA Weekly | Clearing the Case (Celeste Fremon)

LA Weekly | Bad Night for the Vineland Boys (Christine Pelisek) 

The Los Angeles Times |  2 Men Charged in Valley Slayings (Jean Guccione and Andrew Blankstein)

The Crime Column | The Senseless Murder of Martha Puebla (Novella Vakay)

Court Documents
Study Lib | Document 18288765

 Netflix | Longshot

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