BELTON (March 26, 2014) The Bell County Grand Jury declined Wednesday to return an indictment against a Temple man who was charged with murder after what police described as a road rage shooting that left a local wrecker driver dead on the side of a highway.
“The case was presented to this grand jury after an investigation from the Bell County Sheriff’s office as well as the District Attorney’s office, and the evidence was presented and after viewing the evidence presented to them the grand jury...declined to indict and issued a no bill in the case,” First Assistant District Attorney Murf Bledsoe said.
“The case had significant self-defense issues, he said.”
Adam Edmond Demirs was charged in the May 25, 2013 shooting death of Gary Martin, the owner of Martin Wrecker Service in Moody.
Martin was shot to death during an argument on Highway 317 between Moody and Belton, authorities said.
Demirs drove to his home in Temple and then called 911 to report the incident, authorities said.
He was taken into custody without incident.
Martin was shot in the chest, neck, face and his lower left leg, authorities said.
A witness, Rita Weeks, who was riding with Martin, told investigators that a Toyota pickup passed them on the left and came close to hitting Martin’s wrecker, an arrest warrant affidavit said.
Weeks said Martin followed the truck in an effort to get the license number and eventually he and the other driver ended up pulling off to the side of the road, according to the affidavit.
She said Martin got out of the wrecker with a flashlight in hand and then she heard the other driver yelling at Martin to stay away, the affidavit says.
Then, she said, the other driver, pulled out a gun and began firing as he drove off, the affidavit says.
Demirs, however, told investigators that Martin refused to allow him to return to his lane after he passed the wrecker, the affidavit said.
After he and Martin pulled off the road, he said he tried to tell Martin “to calm down and not to create problems,” the affidavit said.
He said he told Martin, who had a large flashlight in his hand, not to come any closer before he finally fired at him and then drove off, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, investigators found a Toyota Tundra in Demirs’ driveway, a .40 caliber Ruger pistol in the arm console and a spent shell in the floorboard.
(Rachel Cox and Nick Delgado contributed to this story)