Cleveland: Grand jury indicts nurse in murder-for-hire

3:34 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A federal grand jury in Cleveland has indicted Andrew Martin, 23, of Bristolville, for his alleged role in a murder-for-hire plot.

The indictment states that Martin, while working as an emergency room nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, solicited a patient to murder a 79-year-old Lakewood woman named Joy 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 indictment.

The indictment alleges that on Nov. 5, Martin used a telephone in connection with his intention that a murder be committed.

Martin, according to the indictment, agreed to pay the patient $10,000 over a dispute involving the ownership of a Clifton Boulevard home.

When Martin was arrested on Nov. 9, a Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman said Martin was suspended without pay pending further investigation.

Martin remains in federal custody since his Nov. 9 arrest by the ATF in the emergency room.

The affidavit states that Martin was involved in civil litigation with Comey over the ownership of a residential property on Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, property previously owned by Comey's deceased brother George Warehime.

"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," U.S. Attorney Dettelbach said.

"Obviously, we take these threats very seriously and will prosecute this case vigorously."


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