Two Sides of the Story Released In a Deadly Shooting

MOODY (May 28, 2013) - The arrest affidavit for a man charged with murder was released Tuesday.

Adam Edmond Demirs is charged with murder in the shooting death of Gary Martin.

Gary Martin with Martin Wrecker Service and Adam Demirs were arguing on the side of the road when the shooting happened.

Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Demirs left the scene and headed for his home on Sam Houston Street in Temple where he called 911.

He was taken into custody without incident.

According to the arrest affidavit, several law enforcement agencies were sent to the area of State Highway 317 and FM 2601 at 4:45 p.m., Saturday.

A Moody police officer first found the body of Martin who had gunshot wounds in his chest, his neck, his face and his lower left leg.

A woman at the scene, Rita Weeks, witnessed the shooting.

According to the affidavit, Weeks told authorities she was riding with Martin in his wrecker truck north on Highway 317, when a Toyota pickup passed them on the left and came close to hitting them.

She said that Martin followed the truck to get the license plate number.
The two vehicles ended up pulled to the side of the road.

Weeks told police Martin got out of this truck with a flashlight in hand. She heard the driver of the pick-up yelling at Martin to stay away.

The affidavit says Weeks described the driver as a “white male, about 25-30 years old, with short hair.”

She saw the young man pull out a gun and start shooting Martin as he drove away.
The affidavit says Weeks called 911 and Martin’s son, James.

Later, a Bell County Sheriff’s deputy was told the suspect in the shooting was in custody.

According to the affidavit, Adam Demirs had called 911 and said he had shot someone.
Temple police went to the suspect’s home on Sam Houston road in Temple where they took Demirs into custody.
The affidavit says investigators found a Toyota Tundra in his driveway, a .40 caliber Ruger pistol in the arm console and a spent shell in the floor board.

With an attorney present, Demirs told authorities his story.
According to Demirs, in the affidavit, he was passing Martin’s truck on 317 but wasn’t allowed to get back into the proper lane. He said Martin refused to let him back over.

Demirs said when both vehicle stopped and he saw Martin, he tried to tell him “to calm down and not to create problems.”
The affidavit says Demirs claimed both men went about their way for another 20 yards before stopping again to argue.

Demirs told authorities Martin got out of his vehicle with a large flashlight and came up to the truck. Demirs claims he told Martin to not come any closer before finally firing a gun at him and driving away.

In the affidavit, the investigating officer said Demirs’ story did not match up with where Martin’s body was found at the crime scene or where Martin suffered gunshots.


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