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Indianapolis woman charged with murder for shooting ex-husband

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis woman has been formally charged with murder after shooting her ex-husband.

Brittni Martin, 36, is accused of shooting and killing 40-year-old Jack Martin around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, October 18 in the 7200 block of East 13th Street.

According to court documents, Martin told dispatch she shot her ex-husband because he attempted to shoot her first. Martin went on to tell police that she initially entered the residence in order to get some clothes.  The documents also show that Martin told police an argument then broke out between her and Martin,he pointed a gun at her head, she then attempted to run away, but Martin grabbed her.  Martin said she was able to get an arm free and at that time she shot Jack Martin.

After a search warrant for the residence was obtained, police entered the residence finding Martin’s body, but no obvious signs of a struggle or evidence of an altercation occurring in the residence, documents show.  A coroner then arrived on scene and discovered Jack Martin’s body with a gunshot wound to his right temple.

Documents also show that Brittni Martin’s mother told police that her daughter and Jack Martin had been married for nearly 20 years and in that time had been physically abusive towards one another. However, documents also show that they had been divorced for the last seven years, but within the last month or so had moved back in together.

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