Lau­rel man en­ters Al­ford plea in mur­der of wife

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND WORLD -

A Lau­rel man faces up to 30 years in prison after reach­ing a plea deal Mon­day in the Oc­to­ber 2015 mur­der of his wife. Ja­son W. Martin en­tered an Al­ford plea to the sec­ond-de­gree mur­der of Carla Dee Martin, 42, ac­cord­ing to Wayne Kir­wan of the Howard County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice. In an Al­ford plea, a de­fen­dant does not ad­mit to guilt but con­cedes the state has enough ev­i­dence to con­vict him. Po­lice were called to the cou­ple’s home Oct. 25, Kir­wan said, after neigh­bors re­ported Ja­son Martin com­ing to their door cov­ered in blood. Martin told his neigh­bor that he was fight­ing with his wife and hit her with a dumb­bell, As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Devora Kirschner told the court. Howard County Cir­cuit Judge Richard S. Bern­hardt sched­uled Martin’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing for March 13-16, Kir­wan said.

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