Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Indicting That Ham Sandwich

It's an old joke that a competent district attorney can indict a ham sandwich. Obviously that's not always the case in the question of self defense. Colbert County's Bryce Graham did secure an indictment against James Christopher Martin in just four days. Is this odd? We've received some questions about the swift indictment in a case where the defendant will plead self-defense and defense of others.

The deceased was the son of a prominent Shoals restaurateur. A former Marine, Grant Campbell worked for a company his cousin owned. The shooter Martin also worked for ICS roofing. It's probably safe to assume that no matter the outcome of the legal charges, Martin won't be getting his job back.

What of Campbell's dishonorable discharge? We understand that has contacted some local news outlets in order to find out more. This is from Wikipedia:
A dishonorable discharge (DD) can only be handed down to an enlisted member by a general court-martial. Dishonorable discharges are handed down for what the military considers the most reprehensible conduct. This type of discharge may be rendered only by conviction at a general court-martial for serious offenses (e.g., desertion, sexual assault, murder, etc.) that call for dishonorable discharge as part of the sentence. With this characterization of service, all veterans' benefits are lost, regardless of any past honorable service, and this type of discharge is regarded as shameful in the military. In many states a dishonorable discharge is deemed the equivalent of a felony conviction, with attendant loss of civil rights.[14] Additionally, US federal law prohibits ownership of firearms by those who have been dishonorably discharged[15] per the Gun Control Act of 1968.

You can be sure that Tim Case will bring up Grant Campbell's past behavior. You can also be sure a jury will be duly influenced by the fact that Campbell was less than honorable in serving his country.



  1. Grant was dishonorably discharged for attempting to sell one of his Marine issued items, a flap jacket if I recall correctly.
    Grant was shot twice in the back and one of those shots was the fatal shot. I'm sure that has played a part in this. Also, Amanda Fleming, the mother, is under indictment in Franklin County for manufacturing of a controlled substance. There is more to the story but you have to compile information from more than one source. I never read that the children were spoken to. I believe that the children need to be removed from this mother. I know Chris and Grant and can assure you that they had likely been drinking whiskey heavily since the game began.
    Also, Grants truck was stolen either that night or the next day. The truck was parked at the business. As far as I know the family has still not located the truck, despite offering a reward.
    These two individuals were trying to go into business together buying cars from auctions and selling them. They had been hanging out together all day. Grant had taken Chris to have his car worked on and later picked the car up. These two were friends. It's very sad for both of these guys and their families.

    1. Oh i dont think so anonymous the court marshall says a tactical goverment issued serial numbered tactical vest . Anonymous must be a campbell shooing it under the rug. I believe he sold it to an undercover hmmm and then made arrangements to sell a gas mask as well shame shame . No wonder GRANT CAMPBELL was DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED.

  2. Unfortunately mr ms unidentified the actual facts are not as you stated. The bac was .26 comatose levels and a dishonorable charge from military is court ordered and use only as necessary punishment. Seeing as only grants alcohol level was tested by police noone legally can say mr martin was drinking at all. Legally the law should protect martin from an outraged drunken killing machine marine. Grant has a history of violence and that can be proven. Mr martin had no priors and was defending himself u der the protection of the law when he FELT his life was threatened. He fired several times in hopes to hault grant campbel not intent to kill. This was his friend his buddy they worked together. Campbell shots to the back were accidental when martin tripped up his stairs and at that moment campbel turned .this is none other that a tragedy. But definaltly not a murder case. Mr martin doesnt have a bone in his body that would cause harm to another intentionally. He has in fact saved my life before.