SAN JOSE – The death of a 41-year-old San Jose man who died two years after being shot has been ruled a homicide by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office, police said.
Officers initially found Martin Cardenas suffering from at least one gunshot wound on the 700 block of East Mission Street in the early morning hours of July 14, 2016, said San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia in a news release Friday. Cardenas was treated at an area hospital and released.
Garcia said patrol officers identified Jesse Michael Jimenez, 22, of San Jose, as a suspect in the case. Jimenez was eventually arrested on an attempted murder warrant and booked into county jail in January 2017.
On Oct. 19, 2018, Cardenas was admitted to a Monterey County hospital, where he died six days later, Garcia said.
Garcia said the coroner’s office reviewed the facts of the case and ruled the manner of death a homicide on Feb. 2.
The attempted murder charge Jimenez was booked on will be amended to murder, Garcia said. The suspect remains in custody.
Garcia said police are counting Cardenas’ death as the city’s fifth homicide of the year.
Anyone with information about the case can contact San Jose police Detective Sgt. John Cary or Detective Elizabeth Ramirez at 408-277-5283.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or svcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.
Source: East Bay San Jose: Man arrested in attempted murder-turned-homicide