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August 31, 2018

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AG Steve Marshall Announces Supreme Court Reverses Decisions that
Dismissed Indictment of Former State Trooper; George Martin to be
Retried for 1995 Capital Murder of Wife in Mobile County
(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the indictment of former
state trooper George Martin will be reinstated and that he will be retried for the 1995 capital
murder of his wife in Mobile County. The Alabama Supreme Court today reversed lower court
rulings that had dismissed the indictment.
Martin was convicted in 2000 and served 15 years on death row for killing Hammoleketh
Martin. In 2015 the 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
Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the lower court’s decision in 2016. Today, the Supreme Court
reversed both decisions.
In today’s order, the Court restates 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 circumstances.
The Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division argued that the indictment was improperly
dismissed and that Martin should be required to stand trial again. The Alabama Supreme Court
agreed and reversed the lower courts’ decisions and ordered that Martin must be retried for
capital murder. The Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division will prosecute the case.
Attorney General Marshall commended Assistant Attorney General Audrey Jordan for her
successful work in handling the matter on appeal.


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