Investigators believe Martin was shot over some kind of argument. According to the sheriff’s office, Martin was among a group of people playing basketball outside a home when Leverette pulled up in a black sedan.
Leverette exited the vehicle and allegedly brandished two firearms, calling out one of the basketball players, a sheriff's spokesman said in a public advisory. That man got into the car with Leverette, and authorities said the others in the group, including Martin, approached the car to try to diffuse the situation.
“Leverette then opened the door of the vehicle and began shooting at one of the individuals, striking him in the neck and chest,” the spokesman said.
The other man jumped out of the car farther down the road. Martin’s mother, who didn’t want to be identified, said he was never involved in the initial argument with Leverette and was just trying to intervene.
Leverette was arrested on charges of murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping. He was scheduled to appear in court for a first appearance hearing Tuesday morning, when his bond will be considered.
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