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Family Says Son’s Murder Should Be Solved


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For one Nashville family August 21 brings back painful memories. It's the anniversary of the murder of David Martin. He was killed during a robbery two years ago in South Nashville.

Last year Chris and JoAnne Martin passed out flyers on the one year anniversary of their son's murder. The victim's family said police are not giving the case the attention it deserves.

"We handed out over 700 fliers and people were very responsive. It was very uplifting," said victim's mother Joanne Martin.

The family even got a lead and passed it on to police, but the information did not help. The case turned cold and is in the hands of Metro's cold case unit.

"I've been reviewing the case over the last several hours and days and I think there are a few things we can do," said Pat Postiglione, Metro police department.

David Martin was shot and killed at the Bavaria Apartment complex two years ago. Police said a man approached Martin and his friend wanting to use the phone.   

Somehow they ended up inside his apartment where Martin was robbed - then shot and killed. Police started an investigation, but the Martin family thinks things are not moving fast enough.

"I have come to the conclusion their performance really is not satisfactory at all and that's based on lack of responsiveness, slowness to follow leads," said Chris Martin.  

Chris and Joanne Martin also believe murder cases in Nashville are not handled equally, but Metro homicide detective Postiglione disagrees. He points to the murder of a prostitute that eventually led to the arrest of Bruce Mendenhall.

"We work every case the same whether it's a prostitute, whether it's some other names that have come along the last few years that they've called high profile cases. I mean we work them all the same," said Postiglione.

Postiglione believed the murder of David Martin was more likely to be solved if an eyewitness comes forward. He said it appears there are several people who can identify the killer.

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