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Man found guilty of fatally shooting father in argument over gun

March 26, 2013|By Nicole Santa Cruz
  • Jeremy Martin was convicted of killing his father.
Jeremy Martin was convicted of killing his father. (Orange County district…)

A Huntington Beach man was convicted Tuesday of fatally shooting his 62-year-old father in their home in a dispute over a firearm, prosecutors said.

On May 20, 2011, Jeremy Martin, 37, got into a verbal and physical argument with his father because he was unhappy that Martin kept a gun in the home, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Frederick Martin called 911 after the argument and asked the Huntington Beach Police Department to “evaluate” his son, but did not mention the firearm or the physical altercation.

Officers responded, but left after Jeremy Martin did not answer the door, prosecutors said.

After police left, Martin shot his father once, then called 911 to report the crime. Martin was arrested at the scene.

During the trial, the defense argued that Jeremy Martin killed his father while in a methamphetamine-induced psychosis and could not form the intent to kill.

Martin was convicted of a felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm.

He faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison at a hearing on May 10.

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nicole.santacruz@latimes.com

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