State’s highest court affirmed the death sentence of a man convicted in a 2012 Warren murder

Staff report


The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the death sentence of a man convicted in 2012 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court of murder and attempted murder.

The court voted unanimously Wednesday to affirm the convictions of David Martin, 33, of Cleveland for the aggravated murder of Jeremy Cole of Warren and the attempted aggravated murder of Melissa Putnam on Oak Street Southwest in September 2012. He also was convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

The court also ruled 6-1 to uphold Martin’s death sentence with Justice William M. O’Neill, a death-penalty opponent, voting no.

Martin was arrested within weeks of the killing when federal marshals located him in Summit County. During his transport back to Trumbull, he confessed to the crimes.

In his appeal, he argued his incriminating statements to the marshals and to a police should have been suppressed. The court rejected the challenges to the admission of his statements.

Writing the decision for the court, Justice Judith L. French noted the death sentence has been imposed in cases similar to Martin’s.

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