[UPDATED with Charges, Possible Motive:] Frederick Dwayne Martin, OC Homicide No. 18: Son Held in Killing
UPDATE, MAY 23, 4:49 P.M.: Prosecutors today filled in the blank as to why 35-year-old Jeremy Dwayne Martin allegedly shot and killed his father, Frederick Dwayne Martin, 62, at the Huntington Beach home they shared.
The younger Martin was supposedly upset that his father did not want a firearm in his home, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office statement on the charges against Jeremy Martin, after the jump . . .
May 23, 2011
ADULT SON CHARGED WITH MURDERING FATHER BY SHOOTING HIM AFTER DISPUTE OVER KEEPING FIREARM IN THEIR HOME
SANTA ANA - A 35-year-old man was charged today with murdering his father by shooting him after a dispute over keeping a firearm in their Huntington Beach home. Jeremy Dwayne Martin, Huntington Beach, 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. Martin is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, 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 argument with his father because the victim was unhappy that Jeremy Martin was keeping a firearm in the home. Frederick Martin took the firearm from the defendant, but Jeremy Martin is accused of struggling with his father and taking the firearm back.
Frederick Martin called 911 and asked the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD), who investigated this case, to come to the home to "evaluate" his son. The victim made no mention of the firearm to the officers. HBPD officers responded to the home, but left after Jeremy Martin refused to speak with them.
After the officers left, Frederick Martin again confronted his son about the firearm in the home. 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.
ORIGINAL POST, MAY 23, 1:58 P.M.: A man called Huntington Beach police Friday morning to report he had killed his father.
Officers arrived at 21851 Newland St. after 8:30 a.m. to arrest , Jeremy Dwayne Martin, 35, on suspicion of shooting to death Frederick Dwayne Martin, 62.
The father and son lived together at the address.
Police have yet to reveal a motive.
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