Jury finds Earl Martin guilty in 2017 Evansville murder case

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A central Indiana jury finds Earl Martin, of Evansville, guilty of murder.

In December 2017, Martin shot and killed Christopher Hoefling and wounded another man during a drug deal in Evansville.

The case moved to Indianapolis due to pre-trial publicity.

Martin will be sentenced in Vanderburgh County on February 15, 2019.

Jess Powers with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office says their office is ecstatic the jury found Martin guilty.

“We can’t bring, unfortunately, the victims of this case back. We can’t take away the pain they experienced, but hopefully they find some comfort knowing that Mr. Martin will spend a significant amount of time in prison.”

Martin faces a murder charge in a separate case, involving the death of Erica Bradfield-Fox.

Police found her dismembered body in trash cans outside Martin’s Evansville home several days after Martin was arrested for Hoefling’s murder.

A trial date has not been set in that case yet.

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(This story was originally published on January 31, 2019)

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