Suspects in shooting death of Hico teen indicted

JESSIE HORTON jessie.horton@empiretribune.com

A Hamilton County grand jury issued 21 indictments Sept. 14 including two connected to the July 30 shooting death of 13-year-old Hico resident Prestin Drew Martin.

Originally arrested the night of the shooting and charged with murder, Tanner Martin, the 17-year-old brother of the victim, was indicted instead for second degree manslaughter. The young man reportedly told officers on scene that he accidentally shot his brother. He was arrested, charged and released several days later on $10,000 bond.

District Attorney B.J. Shepherd said Martin would be tried as an adult and could face anywhere from probation to 2-20 years in prison.

Also indicted by the grand jury in relation to the shooting was 19-year-old Michael Blake Lennington. He was indicted on charges of unlawful transfer of a handgun, a state jail felony.

According to reports, Lennington is accused of providing the handgun to Tanner Martin shortly before Prestin Martin was shot. Lennington was arrested Aug. 1 for his part in the act and was released later on a $10,000 bond.

Shepherd said the next step in the cases will be arraignment hearings for both young men on Oct. 10 in Judge Phil Robertson's courtroom at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

The mother of the victim, Deanna Kay Martin, who was arrested on Aug. 24 and charged with felony endangering a child and released on bond, has not been indicted.