Saturday, January 12, 2002

Man found not guilty of arson, burglary

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — A Clermont County man was found not guilty Friday of trying to set his estranged wife's mobile home on fire with her, her three children and others inside.

        A Clermont County Common Pleas jury deliberated all day before acquitting Jeremy Martin, 28, of Ohio Township, of all 10 counts of attempted aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated arson and one count of aggravated burglary, said Bill Rapp, his attorney.

        Mr. Martin has been jailed since the September 2000 incident after he requested repeated continuances of his case and fired his lawyers.

        Prosecutors said Mr. Martin's wife, Jacinta Martin, had in June 2000 sought a temporary restraining order against her husband because, she said, he threatened to kill her if she wouldn't have sex with him.

        Three months later, police said, someone broke into her home in the Hilltop Estates mobile-home park in Ohio Township and poured lamp oil over furniture and the bed in which she was sleeping.

        When her 11-month-old son started crying, Mrs. Martin awoke and the intruder fled.

        The defense argued that no one saw who had poured the oil.


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