GREENVILLE—One man appeared in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Thursday morning on a murder charge. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided, with Darke County Assistant Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby and the defendant’s attorney Alex Pendl present.
Eric J. Martin, 27, of Cincinnati, appeared for a pretrial hearing via Zoom call from the Darke County Jail, on one count of murder, an unclassified felony. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison and maximum fine of $20,000.
Martin is suspected of murdering Layton J. D. White on Sunday afternoon in Gettysburg. It’s alleged that Martin forced entry into a home in the 100 block of W. Main Street where he then got into a physical altercation with Emily Ross, 31. White allegedly intervened in the altercation, to which Martin is suspected to retrieved a handgun and shot White multiple times. White succumbed to his injuries on scene.
Martin fled the scene and was located by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and Troy Police Department in Troy, Ohio.
During the hearing, the court set his trial date for March 14 to 18. His bond was continued at $150,000 cash surety property.
You can stream all Darke County Common Pleas Court hearings on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/commonpleas