Independence Co. shooting death found to be "justified"

PLEASANT PLAINS, AR (KAIT) – A shooting death in Independence County involving two brothers has been found to be a case of self-defense.

Information released Thursday by the Independence County Sheriff's Department states evidence from the shooting on March 11 was presented to the 16th Judicial District's prosecutor's office.

David Martin, 55, was found dead by officers at the front door of his brother's Pleasant Plains home at the 1700 block of Wish Street. Officers say Martin had died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The news release states the prosecutor's office has decided the shooting was a case of "justified self-defense". It was determined, according to the sheriff's department, that Martin's brother 51-year-old Randy Martin was acting in defense of himself inside his own home.

Randy Martin was arrested the day the shooting happened, but has now been released and no charges will be brought against him.

David Martin's body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy.

The sheriff's department stated in a previous news release the incident appeared to be the result of a family dispute.

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