Murder plot

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 9, 2006

Two charged in break-in of police chief’s home



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Selma police have an adult and a juvenile in custody, charged with breaking into Police Chief Jimmy Martin’s home, trashing the place and lying in wait with a sawed-off shotgun.

The incident is under further investigation and the FBI may be called in, since one of the suspects confessed it was a plot to murder the chief.

Arrested was Michael Hunter, 22, who is being held in the Dallas County Jail on a

$90,000 bond. Hunter and the juvenile, who was transported to a Baldwin County juvenile detention facility, are charged with breaking and entering and criminal mischief.

Martin, who had been out of town for three days attending a police chief’s conference at Troy State University, returned Friday, Nov. 3, to discover someone had gained entry to his Minter Terrace apartment, located at 2501 Minter Ave.

According to police nothing was taken, but Martin’s clothes were damaged by what appears to be urine. The suspects arrested also told police they defecated on the carpet.

Police said there are other persons of interest and additional arrests could be made. During the investigation authorities said the two admitted they had been waiting for Martin to return, and had a sawed-off shotgun. The gun has not been recovered.

Martin, who serves as a live-in manager of the apartments, told officers that when he arrived home he noticed the back door was ajar, and saw &8220;a suspicious character&8221; try to leave the apartment complex. Backup was called and the suspect was taken into custody.