May 21, 2014

Three indicted for attempted murder

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Three people — none of whom have reached their 21st birthday —- face felony charges of attempted murder stemming from two separate incidents last month.

Michael Martin-Sellers, 20, and 18-year-old Autumn Martin, both of 10918 Barbourville Road in London, were named in a four-count indictment from an April 4 incident at the Levi Jackson State Park.

Martin-Sellers reportedly shot at another man whom he agreed to meet at the duck pond in the park that Friday afternoon. Martin-Sellers had reportedly driven a female relative to the site to meet with a man from whom Autumn Martin had purchased a vehicle. But Martin was unhappy with the vehicle and wanted her money back and an argument ensued.

The man who sold the car to Martin reportedly was leaving the scene when Martin-Sellers fired a gun toward his vehicle, hitting the passenger side. The victims pulled over at Vaughn Tire, just over the railroad tracks at the park entrance, where Martin-Sellers and Martin followed them and another dispute began. When Laurel Sheriff’s officials arrived at the scene, the four parties were still arguing, with Martin screaming at the other two people involved and even hitting the female passenger.

During a preliminary hearing, Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Josh Scott testified that four rounds from a .22 caliber revolver were recovered from Martin-Sellers’ vehicle. His charges were upgraded from complicity to murder to attempted murder.

Besides that charge, Martin-Sellers is also charged with first-degree wanton endangerment. Autumn Martin is charged with first-degree complicity to commit murder and fourth-degree assault. Both remain incarcerated at the Laurel Detention Center on $100,000 cash bond each, and both are set for a pretrial hearing on May 27.

The second case in which an attempted murder charge was returned by grand jury members involved an April 23 shooting on Konitzer Lane.

Zachary Franke, 20, of London, was indicted for shooting at the cleaning lady where he was staying with friends. He is also accused of taking a firearm from the home.

Franke reportedly fired a .38 caliber revolver at the cleaning lady when she arrived at the home around 2:30 p.m. Franke, who is a military veteran, then fled the scene on a bicycle, headed toward the Lily-Sublimity Road, armed with the pistol he’d taken from the home. Due to his military experience and possession of the firearm, police labeled Franke as “armed and dangerous” and conducted an all-out search for his whereabouts.

Law enforcement began tracking Franke’s cell phone signals which indicated that he was in the area of Ky. 229 near the Flealand Flea Market. An apartment complex, residential areas and businesses in the vicinity were searched - but unsuccessfully. Finally, after over five hours of relentless searching, officers began searching the flea market area, where they soon found Franke hiding in a port-a-potty. The gun used in the shooting incident was recovered from the same port-a-potty where Franke had been hiding.

Franke remains in the Laurel Detention Center under $10,000 cash bond. He has a pretrial hearing in Laurel Circuit Court on May 27.

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