Wanted patient to kill a woman in Lakewood.
(Cleveland) - A Cleveland Clinic nurse has been indicted in a murder-for-hire scheme. A federal grand jury in Cleveland returned the indictment against 23-year-old Andrew Martin of Bristolville in Trumbull County.
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, says Martin was charged with one count of use of an interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder-for-hire.
“The investigation shows that this defendant was seeking to hire someone to kill a woman as part of a dispute over a home in Lakewood,” Dettelbach said. “Obviously we take these threats very seriously and will prosecute this case vigorously.”
The indictment alleges that on November 5, 2012, Martin used a telephone in connection with his intention that a murder be committed.
Previously, an affidavit of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent Joanna B. Lambert was filed in support of a criminal complaint filed on November 14, 2012, charging Martin with this offense.
The affidavit states that Martin was involved in civil litigation with Lakewood resident Joy Comey over the ownership of a residential property on Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, a property previously owned by Comey’s deceased brother George Warehime.
The affidavit states that Martin, while working as an emergency room nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, solicited a patient to murder Comey because “she has been trying to mess up my life” and then followed up with telephone calls which related to the solicitation.
Martin wanted the patient to “put four in her head and make it look like a robbery,” according to the affidavit.
Martin remains in custody since his arrest on November 9 by ATF at the hospital emergency room, as a detention order pending trial was issued after a hearing by the Court.
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