April 18, 2014

Levi park shooting case goes to grand jury

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A London couple will appear in Laurel Circuit Court next month for possible indictment by a Laurel grand jury, both now charged with attempted murder.

Michael-Martin Sellers, 20, and Autumn Martin, 18, both of Barbourville Road in London, remain incarcerated under a $100,000 cash bond in the Laurel County Detention Center after an April 4 shooting incident at Levi Jackson Wilderness  Road State Park.

A preliminary hearing was held on Tuesday in Laurel District Court before District Judge Wendell “Skip” Hammons. During the hearing, Martin’s charge of complicity to murder was upgraded to attempted murder. After testimony by Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Josh Scott, who is leading the investigation, Hammons ruled that probable cause existed and ordered the two to appear in Laurel Circuit Court on May 16 when indictments are returned by a grand jury.

Scott testified that Sellers and Martin purchased a car from the victims but Martin claimed the vehicle was in bad shape and a dispute between the two parties began. The buyer and seller met at the duck pond in Levi Jackson park where the  argument began. When the victim who sold the vehicle decided to drive away from the dispute, Sellers then shot into their pickup, hitting the passenger side. According to Scott’s testimony, four rounds were fired from a .22 caliber revolver that was recovered at the scene.

Deputy John Inman and Bailiff Brandon Broughton were the first to arrive after Laurel Dispatch reported “shots fired” to emergency responders. The victims had pulled over at Vaughn Tire, just past the railroad tracks leading out of the park, when police arrived.

But Sellers and Martin followed the vehicle and Martin allegedly began screaming at the buyer and his passenger — and striking one of them —  even while police were present. Inman apprehended Sellers and Martin and took them into custody.

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