Earl Martin sentenced to 135 years



An Evansville man will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Earl Martin was found guilty of murder last month.

Martin was sentenced on Friday.

Martin is accused of two murders, but Friday he was sentenced for one of them.

He was sentenced to 135 years.

Martin was found guilty of killing 22-year-old Christopher Hoefling during a drug deal in December 2017.

It happened in a parking lot near Green River Rd. and Covert Ave.

Martin also shot and injured another man.

A jury in Indianapolis delivered the guilty verdict last month.

His trial was moved to Marion County due to pre-trial publicity.

Martin faces a separate murder charged involving the death of Erica Bradfield-Fox.

Police found her dismembered body in trash cans outside of Martin’s Evansville home.

It was found several days after Martin was arrested for Hoefling’s murder.

Jess Powers with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office said, “We still feel for the family because no matter how much time you get at a sentencing, it’s not going to bring your loved one back. But I think by the overwhelming feelings from the family, you can tell they’re pleased. They’re happy with the sentencing.”

In the first day of Martin’s trial, the judge agreed to remove the possibility of life in prison.

Judge David Kiley gave him close to the max for his charges, 135 years.

Martin’s trial for the Bradfield-Fox murder is scheduled for June 17.

They’ll discuss a change of venue later.

Original story

Earl Martin was sentenced to 135 years for the murder of Christopher Hoefling.

Hoefling’s dad testified Friday, telling Martin, “You deserve to rot in prison.”

Martin told the judge, “it was a tragic situation” and, “I’m sorry for my role.”

Martin was found guilty of killing Hoefling during a drug deal in December of 2017.

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(This story was originally published on February 15, 2019)

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