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Sica could face death penalty

Lindsay CravenStaff Writer

February 4, 2013

Scott Vincent Sica could face the death penalty in his trial for the slaying of Jonesville police Sgt. Greg Martin in 1996.


Two additional men were charged with first degree murder in the Martin case on Jan. 28. When Brian Eugene Whittaker took the stand for his first appearance he shared his version of what took place the night of Oct. 5, 1996. Whittaker claimed that Sica was the shooter in the crime.


Whittaker is the only eye-witness to the shooting.


Judge Edgar B. Gregory presided over the hearing and ruled that the state’s argument met requirements for a death penalty case. He set a review hearing for June 3.


Marc Peterson Oldroyd, the second suspect arrested on Jan. 28, was given a first appearance hearing and Judge Gregory ruled that he be held without bond due to his first degree murder charges. Oldroyd did not speak during his hearing.


Both Oldroyd and Whittaker will face a Rule 24 hearing that will decide whether they too will face the death penalty. Their next trial dates are set for March 25.


Reach Lindsay Craven at 679-2341 or at lcraven@heartlandpublications.com.