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Local nurse indicted in murder-For-Hire plot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 12, 2012

A federal grand jury in Cleveland returned an indictment against Andrew Martin, age 23, of Bristolville, Ohio, for his role in a murder-for-hire plot, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Martin, of Bristolville, Ohio, was charged with one count of use of an interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder-for-hire.

“The investigation shows that this defendant was seeking to hire someone to kill a woman as part of a dispute over a home in Lakewood,” Dettelbach said. “Obviously we take these threats very seriously and will prosecute this case vigorously.”

The indictment alleges that on November 5, 2012, Martin used a telephone in connection with his intention that a murder be committed. Previously, an affidavit of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent Joanna B. Lambert was filed in support of a criminal complaint filed on November 14, 2012, charging Martin with this offense.

The affidavit states that Martin was involved in civil litigation with Lakewood resident Joy Comey over the ownership of a residential property on Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, a property previously owned by Comey’s deceased brother George Warehime.

The affidavit states that Martin, while working as an emergency room nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, solicited a patient to murder Comey because “she has been trying to mess up my life” and then followed up with telephone calls which related to the solicitation. Martin wanted the patient to “put four in her head and make it look like a robbery,” according to the affidavit.

Martin remains in custody since his arrest on November 9, 2012, by ATF at the hospital emergency room, as a detention order pending trial was issued after a hearing by the Court.

The indictment is a result of an investigation conducted by ATF with assistance from the Maple Heights Police Department and Lakewood Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Henry F. DeBaggis and Kelly L. Galvin.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.

In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.

A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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