Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold says he will continue to seek the death penalty in the cases of Bradley Martin and Carolyn King, who were sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of Palmyra florist Guy Goodman.
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Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold says he will continue to seek the death penalty in the cases of Bradley Martin and Carolyn King, who were sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of a Palmyra florist. Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Martin and King new trials but ordered new sentencing hearings. Arnold and Chief Public Defender Brian Deiderick met with Senior Judge Robert Eby last week to set up a schedule for Martin's case, which will be handled first. Defense expert reports are due Nov. 15, with the prosecution's expert reports to follow at a later date. Arnold said he anticipates Martin's sentencing hearing to be scheduled in late spring or early summer 2014.
Through a lengthy appeals process that rose to the level of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Martin was denied a new trial. But he was granted a new sentencing hearing on the grounds that his original attorney did not present evidence that Martin suffered depression and other mental disorders prior to and after Goodman's killing.
Both appealed their death sentences, and Martin’s was overturned in 2004. Following an evidentiary hearing on March 4, 2004, the PCRA court dismissed all of Martin's issues, with the exception that it found merit to the claim that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to investigate and present the mitigating evidence that Martin was diagnosed with a mental illness that affected him both during and after Goodman's murder. The court granted him a new sentencing hearing on this ground.
Martin filed the instant pro se PCRA petition and an emergency motion for stay of execution. The Commonwealth filed a motion to dismiss Martin's PCRA petition. Martin's motion for stay of execution was denied, and the PCRA court issued a notice of intent to dismiss Martin's petition. Martin appealed the denial of his motion for stay of execution; but the court vacated the denial and granted a stay pending review of Martin's amended PCRA petition. Counsel for Martin entered his appearance on April 13, 2000, and filed an amended petition. Martin filed a supplemental PCRA petition on June 1, 2000, which the Commonwealth unsuccessfully sought to have dismissed.
Bradley Martin was sentenced Jan. 11 1996 to two consecutive life sentences without parole by Elko District Judge Jack Ames, who also sentenced Carolyn King on Tuesday, March 12, 1996 for the murder of Donna Mae Martz. Shown in photo is Carolyn King in an undated photo taken by the Lebanon Daily News.
King and Martin were convicted in separate trials of the murder of Guy Goodman. They were sentenced to death by lethal injection. Shown in the photo is Bradley Martin in an undated photo taken by the Lebanon Daily News.
Martin and King returned to Lebanon County and jailed on homicide charges.
When King and Martin arrived in Nevada, they shot and killed 59-year-old Donna Martz, and left her body in the desert in Elko, Nev. Officials discovered her body Oct. 7.
The FBI received a tip from a motel worker that Martin and King were in southern California. On Oct. 5, a California Highway Patrol officer spotted Martz's vehicle in El Centro and chased it across the border into Arizona. The car crashed in Yuma, Ariz., and police arrested the couple.
Guy Goodman's car found outside Bismarck, N.D.
Martin and King drove to Bismark, N.D., where they abducted 59-year-old Donna Martz and put her in the trunk of her own car that they then stole.
Goodman's decomposed body was found by a Palmyra police officer on Sept. 25, 1993, in the basement of his East Maple Street home.
Martin, who was incarcerated on a parole violation, was free on a two-hour pass from Lebanon County prison when he and King traveled to Goodman's home. Goodman had visited Martin and written to him while Martin was in prison. Martin struck Goodman over the head with a vase and the couple duct-taped a plastic bag over his head. Goodman's body was found by police 10 days later. Guy Goodman is pictured.