After a two-day trial, a man arrested in Ridgeland in 2016 for the murder of his mother's boyfriend has been convicted of second degree murder.
Bruce Douglas Martin Jr., of Brookhaven, was convicted by a Madison County Jury on Thursday.
Martin was sentenced to 40 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
In April 2016, Ridgeland Police were called to a home on Bridgeford Boulevard due to a domestic dispute.
When police arrived, they found a trail of blood leading from the entrance of the home to the master bedroom. Officers found the victim lying on the floor of the bedroom. The victim was taken to the hospital and later died as a result of the injuries inflicted by Martin.
Sandra Kay Patrick, the fiance of the victim, told officers that her son and soon-to-be husband had been drinking and got into an argument and started fighting. She told police that her son beat up her fiance then ran.
Officers found Martin several hours later in the day walking on County Line Road near the Woodlands area. He was arrested and transported to the Ridgeland Police Department.
When questioned by police, Martin told officers that he and the victim had gotten into an argument earlier that evening. Martin said he left the home and went to Kathryn’s Restaurant, where he had several drinks before returning to the home. After he returned, the argument continued and turned into a physical fight. Martin admitted to police that he had assaulted the victim but denied that he intended to kill the victim.
An autopsy of the victim determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Guest stated, “This is a senseless crime that was driven by alcohol abuse. Martin was a man who was known to the community as someone who often drank too much and who would become violent when drinking. His inability to control his emotions resulted in the man who was soon to marry his mother losing his life over an argument that began over a trivial issue.”
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