Two arrested in homicide


On Friday, May 26, 2006 at 2:24 a.m., officers responded to 1008 Lehman Street in reference to a report of someone being shot.

Upon arrival, officers found Anthony Jerome Martin, age 45, of that address on the ground in front of the house with a gunshot injury to the head. Witnesses said that he had been in the yard with others and was hit by a gunshot fired from a gold 2-door car, possibly a Honda or Acura. The suspect vehicle left before police arrived and was not immediately located.

Vance County EMS transported the victim to Maria Parham Medical Center for treatment of what appeared to be a very critical injury. The victim died at Duke University Medical Center on Friday afternoon.

An active investigation continued throughout Friday night and into Saturday morning by several Henderson Police detectives and several agents of the State Bureau of Investigation. As a result, two local men have been arrested and charged with first degree murder and with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Anthony Martin.

Joseph Serron Owens, 20. of 180 Thorpe Street was arrested at 4255 Warrenton Road in Vance County at 4:40 a.m. today. Demirial O’Twain Brodie, 27, of 275 Lincoln Street was arrested at that address at 6:10 a.m. today. The investigators made these arrests with the assistance of the Henderson Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit. The Granville County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance in this investigation.

While this crime does not appear to be a random act, additional information regarding motive and involvement of others is being withheld as the investigation is still continuing.

Both suspects are being held in the Vance County Jail without bond pending a first appearance hearing next Tuesday, May 30th.