Family, friends remember a different Justin Martin

A family spokesman said relatives of an Oklahoma man shot during a home invasion in Blanchard are praying for everyone involved in the aftermath of the tragedy.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL sheilastogsdill@sbcglobal.net Published: January 7, 2012

Law officers found Martin's body slumped over the couch.

Many of the online tributes referred to Justin's “sweet smile and the great manners,” and said he was courteous, respectful and polite.

There were also tributes praying for peace for the family.

“Our family had the privilege of getting to know Justin this past summer,” a friend from Mustang wrote. “He was a super nice guy and very hard worker. Always made us laugh. A mutual friend invited him to church, and he came a few times when he wasn't working.

“He went forward during a salvation altar call and prayed,” the tribute continued. “I don't know if this was to be saved or to rededicate his life, but I do know that God was really speaking to his heart. He will be dearly missed by us all.”

A search of courthouse records did not indicate Justin Martin had a criminal history.

Murder charge

Dustin Louis Stewart, 29, who police say also was present during the home invasion but ran after he heard the gunshot, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with Martin's death. He told investigators he and Martin had ingested prescription pills that day, and Martin thought there might be painkillers in the house because Sarah McKinley's husband had recently died of cancer.

Oklahoma's felony murder law permits prosecutors to seek a murder conviction if an accomplice dies during the commission of another felony crime.

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