Judge likely to agree with competency for inmate in Warren standoff

David Martin

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – One of the men involved in a standoff at the Trumbull County Jail while he was being held on murder charges will likely be found competent to stand trial.

A competency hearing was held Friday in Trumbull County Court for 28-year-old David Martin.

Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Chris Becker said an expert forensic evaluation was submitted to Trumbull County Judge Andrew Logan that indicated Martin was competent.

Judge Logan took the evaluation under advisement and could make a judgment entry before a July 11 pretrial hearing. Martin is scheduled for a jury trial August 28.

Martin is charged in connection to the September 2012 shooting death Jeremy Cole inside a Warren home.

Martin was arrested on a charge of illegally possessing a weapon after he sold an assault rifle to an undercover federal agent in 2012. A jury at the U.S. Northern District Court in Akron found him guilty on that charge in June 2013, unrelated to 2012 murder charge.

Martin was sentenced to almost 22 years in prison on the weapons charge.

In April, Martin and two other men, 27-year-old Richard Ware and 24-year-old Kevin Johns, tied sheets around the door knob of a cell at the Trumbull County Jail, locking a corrections officer inside.

A standoff situation ensued with more than 100 law enforcement officials surrounding the jail.

Warren Police Lieutenant and Hostage Negotiator Jeff Cole talked with Martin and the other men and the situation was resolved safely.

Trumbull County Police Chief Tom Altiere said the inmates had no demands other than for cigarettes.

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