18 December 2023- Bail has been denied to a Fayetteville man a Franklin County judge says expressed a desire for both homicide and suicide during an incident over the weekend. Travis Clark Martin was denied bail by MDJ Manns after being charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor terroristic threats, misdemeanor simple assault, and two citations. Martin is currently housed in Franklin County Jail awaiting his preliminary hearing.
Troopers were initially dispatched to a home on Bent Oak Drive, Guilford Township around 5:20pm on December 16th for a domestic involving a firearm. Police arrived after the caller allegedly told dispatch her son, Travis Martin, was intoxicated and pointing a black handgun at himself and her, making verbal threats that turned physical soon after.
Troopers were able to make contact with the victim at her neighbor’s home. During preliminary interviews, the victim allegedly said Martin pointed the gun at himself before pointing it at her, stating “we could take care of the problem right now”. Martin at that time was still in the home’s basement.
After the threats, the victim allegedly tried going upstairs to call 911 when Martin came up and tried pull the phone out of her hand. She was, however, able to make it out of the home and call police.
Troopers reportedly tried to call Martin three times to get him to exit the house to no avail. Eventually, however, police say Martin walked outside and was taken into custody without incident. He then exercised his right to remain silent. After Martin was taken into custody, police searched the home and found a loaded handgun inside a dresser drawer that had one round in the chamber. That gun was found to be the one involved in the incident.
It is unclear if Martin’s actions during the incident or statements made to the presiding MDJ resulted in his bail denial but he is behind bars nonetheless. His preliminary hearing is set for December 28th.
Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39201-CR-0000464-2023, Incident No.: PA2023163889