- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota drug dealer who executed a man in a dispute over 5 pounds of methamphetamine is appealing a life sentence that was handed down five years ago.

Gabriel Martinez was sentenced in December 2008 on federal murder and drug conspiracy charges in the 2005 death of Lee Avila, who was shot nine times in front of two small children in an East Grand Forks, Minn., trailer home.

Jorge “Sneaky” Arandas, the leader of the drug conspiracy, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. The case was tied to the violent Arellano Felix drug cartel based in Tijuana, Mexico.

Martinez claims his lawyer did a poor job of representing him and new evidence has come to light regarding witnesses in the case.

Martinez is serving his sentence in Kentucky.

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