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H.B. man gets 50 to life for killing his father

May 16, 2013

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A Huntington Beach man was sentenced to 50 years to life by an Orange County Superior Court judge Friday for killing his father, according to the district attorney's office.

A jury found Jeremy Dwayne Martin, 37, guilty March 26 of murdering his father by shooting him after a dispute over keeping a firearm in their home, according to court records.

On the morning of May 20, 2011, Jeremy and Frederick Martin, 62, got in a fight over the gun Jeremy kept in the mobile home he lived in with his father, according to court records.

Frederick Martin called 911 and asked for someone to evaluate his son and take away his gun. Frederick Martin reportedly didn't tell police about the earlier argument.

Jeremy Martin refused to talk to police, and the officers left. Frederick Martin left soon after the police but returned within a half hour, which is when his son fatally shot him, according to the records. Jeremy Martin called 911 and reported that he shot his father. He was arrested at the scene by Huntington Beach police.

During the trial, the defense argued that Martin killed his father while in a methamphetamine-induced psychosis, and therefore could not form the intent to kill.

—Alicia Lopez

Twitter: @alicialopezhb