BRUCE DOUGLAS MARTIN a/k/a BRUCE DOUGLAS MARTIN, JR. a/k/a BRUCE D. MARTIN
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
OF JUDGMENT: 05/01/2018
MADISON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT TRIAL JUDGE: HON. WILLIAM E.
COURT ATTORNEYS: HEATHER MARIE ABY L. ABRAHAM ROWE, JR. BRYAN
P. BUCKLEY JOHN K. BRAMLETT, JR. JOEY WAYNE MAYES.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: OFFICE OF STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER BY:
ERIN E. BRIGGS.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
RANDOLPH, C.J., ISHEE AND GRIFFIS, JJ.
RANDOLPH, CHIEF JUSTICE.
Bruce Martin was found guilty of second-degree murder for the
death of James Dwight Brown and was sentenced to serve forty
years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of
Corrections. Martin argues that the trial court abused its
discretion in allowing two autopsy photographs to be
published to the jury. Finding no error, we affirm
Martin's conviction and sentence.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Martin was indicted for Brown's murder after beating him
to death. Brown, who had only one leg, used his prosthesis,
crutches, a rolling cart, or a scooter to get around. When he
was at home, he often removed his prosthetic leg and got
around just by scooting on the ground. At the time of his
death, Brown had been dating Martin's mother, Sandra
Patrick, for approximately fifteen years.
During the investigation, officers learned that Martin and
Brown had been in an argument the night of Brown's death
that had turned physical. The investigation identified Martin
as the aggressor. Brown, who was not wearing his prosthetic
leg, attempted to retreat to the bedroom.
Tasha Hontz, Martin's sister, testified that her mother
called her, hysterical, the night of the argument and said,
"BJ's beat Dwight." Hontz hung up with her
mother and immediately called 911. Hontz and her husband
drove to her mother's home. Hontz testified that her
mother came out of the house and said, "BJ's beat
Dwight and he never tried to fight back."
Martin was arrested and photographed the next day by the
police. Detective Michael Magahey testified that Martin had
no injuries on his face, head, neck, or torso. He did have
abrasions on his hands and forearms. After Martin was read
his rights, he admitted beating and stomping
Brown. Magahey testified that Martin bragged
about giving Brown a "country boy ass whooping."
Magahey found no evidence at the crime scene that Martin had
acted in self-defense.
As a result of Magahey's investigation, Martin was
charged with murder. A jury found Martin guilty of
second-degree murder, ...