Muskingum County Verdict Returned

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 04:57 AM
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The verdict is in for a local 35-year-old woman charged with involuntry manslaughter. After three hours of deliberation a Muskingum county jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the county of involuntary manglaughter with a gun specification for Dawn Martin of Newark. However, the jury did find Martin guilty of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance. Martin was accused of shooting her live-in boyfriend, 63-year-old James Breneman, about 10 hours after a domestic dispute in their home on Mccormick road in September of last year. Assistant prosecutor Jim Workman, who tried the case, says the issue of domestic violence between the couple most likely played a role in the jury's decision of not guilty. He says the couple had a history of domestic violence, but Martin never reported any incidents to police. Judge Butch Zwelling ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Martin faces no more than a couple of months in prison and is eligible for probation becasue she has not prior record.

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