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Visalia Man Convicted of Murdering His Girlfriend With AR-15



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The conviction of Anthony David Martin, 23, included a special allegation of using a firearm in the murder. (Shutterstock)
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A Visalia man who shot and killed his girlfriend with an illegally modified AR-15 faces life in prison after a Tulare County jury found him guilty of second-degree murder on Tuesday.

The conviction of Anthony David Martin, 23, included a special allegation of using a firearm in the murder. The jury also returned a guilty verdict for possession of an assault weapon.

Choked Victim During Argument, Later Returned to Kill Her

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Anthony David Martin (Tulare County District Attorney’s Office)

According to court records, Martin and his girlfriend of two years argued while driving to her Visalia house in the early morning on Oct. 5, 2019. During the argument, he threatened and choked her. Deciding that the relationship was over, the girlfriend gathered up Martin’s belongings and dropped them on the front porch of his residence.

But, after she returned home, Martin entered the house and fired four shots, killing her — even though her roommate was there at the time.

Visalia police officers later found the AR-15 in Martin’s storage locker. Using cell phone pings, the officers then tracked Martin to his work in downtown Visalia, where he sat in his car eating breakfast.

Martin’s sentencing is scheduled for May 19.

Tulare County senior deputy district attorney Adam Clare prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Visalia PD.

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Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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