Hearing held in capital case
WARREN – The moment he was arrested in Akron in connection to a 2012 murder in Warren, David Martin told U.S. Marshals Task Force members, ”You got me! It’s my gun! Give me the needle!”
Martin was in court Friday for a suppression hearing leading up to his April 9 capital murder trial in the slaying of Jeremy Cole, 21.
Martin’s attorneys want what amount to confessions to the federal authorities and later to Warren detectives withheld from the jury. Many of those law officials testified during Friday’s hearing in the courtroom of Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan about statements they say Martin made to them.
Besides the federal agents, who were accompanied by federal prosecutors to monitor their testimony, the surviving victim in the local murder revealed she had known Martin for at least six months prior to the murder of her friend, Cole, on Sept. 27, 2012, at a home on Oak Circle S.W.
”Of course I know him. He would come over to my place two or three times a week to buy weed,” said Melissa Putnam, who was shot in the hand in the attack. ”I had phone numbers for him in my phone, but he stole that,” Putnam told defense attorneys, who were cross-examining her about whether she knew the attacker.
She said she immediately picked Martin out of the second lineup that detectives showed her. ”His girlfriend was my boyfriend’s cousin,” she said.
Putnam, who openly sneered at Martin as she left the witness stand, said the defendant showed up at her home and they each rolled a marijuana joint.
”I took one hit off of his blunt and he came out of the kitchen with a gun,” Putnam said.
Cole was shot in the head and Putnam, 29, was shot in the hand. The bullet traveled through her hand and into her neck, but she recovered from her injuries after four days in the hospital.
Cole and Putnam were both tied up and placed in different rooms at the home during the apparent robbery. Martin allegedly made Putnam tie up Cole at gunpoint, then Martin tied up Putnam. She said her face was covered with a towel.
Martin could face the death penalty if convicted of the aggravated murder charge and the aggravated circumstances. He also faces firearms specifications on counts of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and a repeat violent offender specification, having weapons while under disability, receiving stolen property because it is alleged he used a stolen gun, and tampering with evidence because he tried to burn his clothes.