For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN FACES TRIAL FOR MURDERING FATHER BY SHOOTING HIM AFTER DISPUTE OVER KEEPING FIREARM IN THEIR HOME
SANTA ANA – A man faces trial tomorrow for murdering his father by shooting him after a dispute over keeping a firearm in their Huntington Beach home. Jeremy Dwayne Martin, 37, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Department C-42, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
In May 2011, Jeremy Martin was living in Huntington Beach with his 62-year-old father Frederick Martin. Early in the morning on May 20, 2011, Jeremy Martin is accused of getting into a verbal and physical argument with his father because the victim was unhappy that Jeremy Martin was keeping a firearm in the home.
Frederick Martin called 911 and asked the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) to come to the home to “evaluate” his son. The victim made no mention of the firearm or physical altercation to the officers. HBPD officers responded to the home, but left after Jeremy Martin refused to speak with them.
After the officers left, Jeremy Martin is accused of then murdering the victim by shooting him one time. Frederick Martin died at the scene.
Jeremy Martin is accused of calling 911 and reporting that he had shot his father. He was arrested at the scene by HBPD.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Sonia Balleste of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.