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Friday, May 25, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies have arrested a 31-year-old Gilbert man in connection with the death of his estranged wife who died as a result of a fatal gunshot wound on May 24 at a home on 109 Hayes Street, Gilbert.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested Jeffrey Adam Martinez, 31, of 109 Hayes Street, Gilbert, on arrest warrants of murder and use and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Jeffrey Martinez is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing on the murder charge, Metts said. Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Martinez because murder carries a punishment of life in prison. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has not yet scheduled a bond hearing for Martinez on the murder charge.

An arrest warrant alleges that Martinez fatally shot his estranged wife, Ginger Anne Martinez, 31, of 3964 Augusta Highway, Gilbert, after Ginger came to the home on Hayes Street to take custody of their two children. An argument related to the custody of the children ensued, which escalated. Jeffrey then shot Ginger in the upper torso and chin with a single, shotgun round.

Jeffrey then dialed 9-1-1 and notified the operator that he had just shot and killed his wife, Metts said. Deputies and Emergency Medical Service workers arrived on scene at which time Jeffrey provided a verbal confession to deputies, and was arrested without further incident.

Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman said Ginger Anne Martinez was pronounced dead at
the scene, despite efforts by Lexington County Emergency Medical Services to revive her.
Jeffrey Martinez was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center at 9:51 p.m. on
Thursday, May 24.

The children were given over to the custody of the Department of Social Services, as neither parent has extended family in the immediate area, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information any additional information about the murder to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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