Martin makes first appearance for murder charge

GREENVILLE— One man appeared on a murder charge in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Monday afternoon. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided, with Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby present.

Eric J. Martin, 27, of Cincinnati, appeared 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.

Martin was appointed public defenders Alex Pendl and Nicole Pohlman, with his bond set at $150,000 cash surety property. Pending a grand jury indictment, his arraignment is set for Thursday, Jan. 20.

You can stream all Darke County Common Pleas Court hearings on YouTube at

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at

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