Late last week Jose Manuel Diaz Guerra drove from his Boca Raton home to visit his old friend William Martinez in Hialeah.
A few hours later Martinez, 40, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and Guerra’s body parts were laying waste in plastic bags in a grassy swale next to a Hialeah train track, police said.
Video surveillance captured Martinez dumping body parts from a plastic bag next to the tracks at Palm Avenue and 21st Street, according to police. Police waited until Monday to release Guerra’s name.
“Apparently they’re old friends,” Hialeah police Lt. Carl Zogby said. “[Martinez] told detectives they got into a fight inside the apartment and that it escalated. He hit him with a bat and didn’t know what to do with the body.’’
Hialeah police, who were alerted that something untoward had happened when neighbors complained of a terrible odor, first obtained video from neighboring businesses, then went looking for Martinez. They found him in front of his apartment at 33 W. 22nd St.
There, police said they smelled a decomposing body, found cleansing fluids and smelled an odor coming from a barbecue on Martinez’s porch.
Martinez’s mom Juana Betancourt told police that her son said he killed Guerra in a bedroom, cut him up and stashed body parts in the grill and in a garbage can.
A search back at the train tracks turned up hands, feet, a head and other body parts in garbage bags.