18-year-old arrested for shooting friend who became upset while listening to music


Davarius Lavern Martin, 18, was arrested yesterday evening for shooting a friend who became upset and started yelling at him while they were listening to music.

According to the arrest report, deputies responded to a call of a person “going crazy” in the 1800 block of SW 67th Terrace. After arriving, they learned that someone had been shot inside the residence, and an 18-year-old male was found shot in the chest. Two other men, Martin and his 21-year-old brother, were also in the residence at the time.

Martin reportedly spontaneously admitted to deputies that he had shot the victim, but he said it was self-defense. During a post-Miranda interview, Martin said he and the victim had been listening to music when the victim became upset. They had both been smoking marijuana, and Martin said the victim started yelling and walking toward him. Martin said he felt threatened because the victim had a large cast on his arm. Martin said he reached under his bed, obtained a firearm, cocked it, and pointed it at the victim. According to Martin, the victim said, “I’m not scared to die” and continued walking toward him. Martin said if the victim didn’t have the cast, he wouldn’t have fought him. He also reportedly said he wouldn’t have shot him if he hadn’t been high. According to the arrest report, “When asked [Martin] could not recall any instances of death being caused by a person using a cast versus persons killed or injured with firearms.”

Martin was previously found guilty of two charges that would have been felonies if committed by an adult: In January of 2018, he was placed on probation for Possession of Weapon – Possession of Destructive Device on School Property, and in August of 2019, he was placed on probation for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill.

Martin has been charged with second degree attempted murder and possession of a weapon or ammo by a delinquent who was previously found guilty of a charge that would be a felony if committed by an adult. He remains in the Alachua County Jail with bail set at $1,500,000.

  • Wow another shooting in the future tax free Conservative Republican Bircher Utopia of Springs County. What a crime filled hellhole that place is going to be.

    • Demographics, demographics… you’re supposed to have 1/2 a brain, figure it out. Another black on black crime.

      Since you’re obviously so afraid of the crime, you can always move to the county you hold in such high regard. Pretty sure Two Face would be happy to share Pole…I mean Poe with you.

  • What a piece of crap worthless animal. No hope – put it out of it’s misery. If not, he will be back with a new mugshot within 3 months.

  • Didn’t Poe & Co (SAO) want to take it easy on black
    Youths because there’s an equity problem in GNV?
    What works is being tough on them the first time.
    —Where did this punk get that gun? It’s probably stolen…they need to hold the parents responsible too if
    The kid commits a crime under 18. Parents are responsible for their minor children, right?—that guy’s got a mop on his head… The jail should
    Give him a haircut so he looks respectable before
    The court.

  • Great reporting on Martin not being able to recall harm with a cast on. Alachua Chronicle is on it with hard hitting details.

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