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Shooting Suspect Charged – Could Face Life Sentence


Ed Martin, age 46 of Mena, who was apprehended by police in Oklahoma after being identified as the suspect in a shooting, has now been charged and if convicted, could face up to 40 years or life in prison.  The shooting occurred just outside of Mena on Monday, October 31, 2016. A BOLO was issued for Martin just before 9 p.m. on Halloween night when he fled the scene of an alleged shooting that happened on Polk 76 East, near Acorn. His direction of travel was unknown at the time.

Police in Leflore County, Oklahoma apprehended Martin early Wednesday morning (November 2, 2016) after his car was found overturned in a ditch near Spiro around 3 a.m. After it was determined whom the car belonged to, a near four-hour searched ended with finding Martin in a nearby wooded area.

Martin was checked out on the scene by ambulance personnel, after complaining of pain. It was determined that he was bruised, but with no severe injuries.

The Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Martin is the suspect in an alleged shooting that occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Halloween night that injured one person. The victim, John Robertson, a 42-year old white male, was transported to Mena Regional Health System, before being taken to another hospital for surgery. According to officials, Martin shot at the victim while outside a residence at 133 Tayler Lane, just outside Mena’s city limits. After Martin fired the first shot, Robertson got in a pickup truck and the suspect fired two more shots into the vehicle as it was leaving the area. Robertson was shot once in the arm and is currently recovering.

Martin was transported to the Polk County Detention Center on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 2nd. He was arraigned on Thursday, November 3rd on three separate charges. Those charges are: Battery in the 1st Degree, a Class B felony; Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons, a Class B felony; and Terroristic Act, a Class Y felony. As a note, a Class Y felony in the state of Arkansas carries a penalty of 10-40 years or Life in prison, if convicted.

Martin is currently in the Polk County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. The case is considered an active investigation and no other details have been released at this time.

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