Killer of teen in Putnam County seeks records

Boy shot while sleeping in 2001

By Greg Sowinski -

OTTAWA — A man who told detectives a military-made clone of himself killed his 15-year-old former brother-in-law in 2001 apparently is taking another stab at an appeal of his life sentence.

Marvin Martin, 47, of Continental, filed a request seeking disclosure of evidence presented to the grand jury in 2001. A Putnam County grand jury indicted him on aggravated murder with a death penalty specification. He was convicted and ultimately received a life sentence and is at the Marion Correctional Institution.

Martin filed his request in Putnam County Common Pleas Court. He is seeking the transcripts from the grand jury that considered his case Aug. 2, 2001. Martin shot Charles Plummer-Breckler, of Dupont, on May 9, 2001, once in the head with a .22-caliber rifle while the teen was sleeping on a couch.

The prosecution said Martin planned the murder, which developed out of a grudge that began at Martin’s wedding reception.

Martin said in his filing he recognizes grand jury proceedings take place in secret and are not normally subject to release but said a court can order the transcripts “if the ends of justice require it and if he can show he has a particular need for them that outweighs the reasons for secrecy.”

Martin alleges the grand jury indictment was not returned because it was never returned to a common pleas court judge as required by law. He said no evidence exists to show it was given to a common pleas court judge.

Martin is requesting authorities produce documents containing any and all testimony that was delivered to the trial judge and filed with the clerk of courts. He also wants documents to determine whether the grand jury foreman was a clerk of courts staff member, a police officer or a secretary at the prosecutor’s office.

Martin further wants to know who the judge was who presided over the grand jury and documents showing the indictment was returned to the clerk of courts by that judge. He is seeking documents showing whether the indictment was endorsed with the date of filing and was entered on the docket.

Martin filed the motion on his own, acting as what he listed as his own power of attorney, and included 26 pages of legal arguments he said supports his claim.
Boy shot while sleeping in 2001

By Greg Sowinski

Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski.

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