Charges in Double Homicide

Deborah Martin Charged in Double Homicide
Posted on 06/10/2019
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Deborah Jane Martin, 43, of 3 S. Derbyshire, Arlington Heights, was charged on Sunday, June 9 with two counts of First Degree Murder in the slaying of her parents, Anne P. Martin, 71, and David G. Martin, 72, also of  3 S. Derbyshire, Arlington Heights.

Both Anne and David Martin were found dead in their home on Saturday, June 8, at 12:32 a.m. after Arlington Heights Police responded to a “Well-being Check” that stemmed from a 9-1-1 call made inside the residence.  No discernable conversation took place and officers were dispatched to investigate the open telephone line.

Upon arrival, first responders forced entry after an unresponsive female, with obvious signs of violence, was observed on the kitchen floor.  Initial assessment by investigating officers found two individuals who suffered traumatic injuries and were without any sign of life.

While attending to the victims, officers were confronted by a female who was descending the second floor stairs.  The person was detained and identified as the victims’ daughter. She was later transported to the police station for investigation.    

Arlington Heights Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene.  Paramedics determined the victims were beyond medical attention. The scene was secured by police.

The Arlington Heights Police Department (AHPD) and the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) Forensic Technicians processed the crime scene. AHPD Detectives conducted a multitude of interviews, reviewed dispatch audio and physical evidence, all in an effort to seek criminal charges against the person of interest.  

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted examinations on both victims and determined cause and manner of death. Cause of death of Anne Martin was due to multiple sharp force injuries and cause of death for David Martin was due to multiple stab wounds. The case facts were presented to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Felony charges have been approved.

Deborah MartinThe offender will be transported to the Cook County Third Municipal District Courthouse Monday afternoon, June 10, for an initial bond hearing. Many dedicated professionals contributed to this investigation that identified incriminating evidence and ultimately secured criminal charges against the offender, the Arlington Heights Police Department first responders, detectives, forensic technicians along with guidance from supervisory and command staff, the Arlington Heights Fire Department, Major Crime Assistance Team (MCAT) and by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Future media inquiries may be directed to Criminal Investigation Bureau Commander Joseph Pinnello at 847/368-5338 or jpinnello@vah.com or Deputy Chief Nathan Hayes at 847/368-5343 or nhayes@vah.com.