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June 7, 2019

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Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Conviction and Life Sentence of Former
State Trooper George Martin for 1995 Capital Murder of Wife in Mobile County
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Alabama state
trooper George Martin was found guilty by a Mobile jury today of the 1995 capital murder of
his wife, Hammoleketh Martin, in Mobile County, and sentenced to life without parole.
“Today, a jury of his peers found George Martin guilty of taking the life of his wife by setting
her on fire and leaving her to die in order to collect insurance money,” said Attorney General
Marshall. “Mr. Martin, a former state trooper entrusted with protecting others, not only
murdered his wife but has repeatedly avoided justice for nearly 24 years. The jury’s guilty
verdict and Martin’s sentence of life without parole ensure that he will pay for his crime and
justice will be served.”
Martin was previously convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court in 2000 and served 15 years on
death row for killing his wife. In 2015, his conviction was overturned and a new trial was
ordered. Rather than proceeding with a retrial, the lower court dismissed the indictment and
Martin was freed. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision in

  1. The Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division argued that the indictment was
    improperly dismissed and that Martin should be required to stand trial again. On August 31,
    2018, the Alabama Supreme Court agreed and reversed the lower courts’ decisions and ordered
    Martin be retried for capital murder.
    In its August 2018 order, the Alabama Supreme Court restated the facts of the case as follows:
    “In 1995, the charred remains of Martin’s wife, Hammoleketh, were found inside a burned
    vehicle that had collided with a tree. Although it appeared to be an accident, evidence indicated
    that the vehicle fire was intentionally set and that the victim was alive when the fire started.
    Further evidence indicated that Martin made inconsistent statements to law enforcement
    concerning the time he discovered his wife missing, whether his wife carried a gasoline can in
    her vehicle and whether his wife had used a BIC brand lighter found at the scene as a flashlight
    because the dome light in her vehicle did not work.” Although Martin acknowledged the
    existence of a $200,000 life insurance policy, he denied there was any other. In fact, there was
    another policy for $150,000 that was collectible only if his wife died in a passenger vehicle. A
    trooper report prepared by Martin the year before involved an accident with similar
    Attorney General Marshall commended Assistant Attorneys General Andrew Arrington, Tina
    Hammonds, Polly Kenny, Audrey Jordan and Jon Hayden for their skilled and thorough
    preparation of the case. Marshall also gave special thanks to District Attorney Ashley Rich and
    Jo Beth Murphree of the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office for their invaluable assistance
    in the successful prosecution of this case.
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