A 36-year-old Lubbock man will be serving concurrent life sentences after pleading guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder.
Joshua Paul Bulls was indicted in the Nov. 28, 2012, stabbing deaths of Jodi Shannon Winn and David Vincent Martinez.
Bulls will be eligible for parole in 30 years, said Sunshine Stanek with the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.
Bulls could have faced capital murder charges if he went through a jury trial, said Jeff Nicholson, who represented Bulls. In that situation, the state would have waived the death penalty but Bulls may have faced a sentence of life without parole if he was convicted.
“Under the circumstances and everything involved, when we evaluated all the possibilities of going to trial and things of that nature, we decided that it was in my client’s best interest as well as the best interest of the families to deal with this in the way that we did and move forward,” Nicholson said.
He called the situation sad for everyone involved.
“From my attitude, when you consider the fact that David Martinez’s father is an attorney and that Joshua Bulls’ parents are both retired police officers and the fact that a lot of people kind of knew each other in this situation, as far as the victims and everything, it’s just a sad, sad deal,” he said.
Bulls, Winn and Martinez were friends prior to the attack, according to A-J archives.
Police said Bulls stabbed Martinez in the neck at about 4:30 p.m. at a home in the 3000 block of 35th Street. Martinez fled the house, leaving a trail of blood about two blocks long. But Bulls caught up to Martinez and when the first officers arrived, they found Bulls stabbing Martinez, according to a police report.
Friends of Winn came by her mobile home south of the city at about 8 p.m. to tell her about the attack and found her body. Investigators later matched her DNA to blood found in Bulls’ knife sheath.
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