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Fort Wayne man on trial for attempted murder in ambulance attack

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 7:05 am

The trial of a 23-year-old Fort Wayne man accused of attempted murder began Monday in Allen Superior Court.

The felony charges against Dontay D. Martin, 417 S. Calhoun St., include attempted murder, criminal recklessness, carrying a handgun without license, battery committed by means of a deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, and criminal gang activity.

The trial, scheduled for four days, had originally been set as a double trial with Traneilous L. Jackson, 24, of the 4800 block of Hanna Street, as Martin and Jackson were both originally identified as the shooters in the incident. Jackson accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors on four counts of attempted murder Jan. 28, according to documents filed in Allen Superior Court.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Jackson would serve 60 years in prison.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Jackson and Martin were suspected of firing at an ambulance at around 3 a.m. Sept. 9 that was carrying a stabbing victim from Piere's Entertainment Center and a car carrying the victim's friends. The people in the car were each hit by gunfire, including a woman who was shot 10 times, according to the court record. They pulled onto a gas station at Washington Center Road and Clinton Street, called emergency workers for help and gave a description of a vehicle from where the shots were fired.

The ambulance was struck about 16 times by gunfire on the driver's side, with a medic being cut by shattered glass, shrapnel and bullet fragments, according to the court record.

Jury members were selected Monday morning during the first day of Martin's trial. The trial will resume Tuesday morning in Judge John Surbeck's court.