Martin trial reset for Sept. 15

Published 5:17 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A federal judge has ordered that jury selection and trial for Jemison business owner Douglas Eugene Martin will begin on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. in Montgomery.

Martin has been charged with allegedly soliciting two people to kill a witness and counts of a felon in possession of a firearm.

In addition to setting a new trial date, a pretrial conference has also been set for Aug. 27. The indictment states that Martin “did solicit, command, induce and persuade” the two people to kill a witness “with intent to prevent his attendance or testimony in an official proceeding” between March 21 and April 28.

An arraignment on the new charges was held Wednesday. Martin is still being held in federal custody.

Martin, who was convicted of a felony, has been in federal custody ever since he was arrested March 21 on the original charges of a felon in possession of a firearm. He was accused of possessing three firearms and ammunition for the guns in June 2007 and October 2007.