Cleveland Clinic nurse indicted in murder for hire plot

Cleveland Clinic nurse indicted in murder for hire plot

A Cleveland Clinic emergency room nurse has now been indicted for trying to hire a patient to kill a woman in a dispute over a home.

A federal grand jury in Cleveland returned an indictment Wednesday against Andrew Martin, 23, of Bristolville, Ohio.

Martin is charged with one count of use of an interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder-for-hire.

"The investigation shows that this defendant was seeking to hire someone to kill a woman as part of a dispute over a home in Lakewood," says Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Dettelbach says, "Obviously we take these threats very seriously and will prosecute this case vigorously."

The indictment alleges that on November 5, 2012, Martin used a telephone in connection with his intention that a murder be committed.

Martin was allegedly involved in civil litigation with Lakewood resident Joy Comey over the ownership of a residential property on Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, a property previously owned by Comey's deceased brother George Warehime.

The affidavit states that Martin, while working as an emergency room nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, solicited a patient to murder Comey because "she has been trying to mess up my life" and then followed up with telephone calls which related to the solicitation.

According to the affidavit, Martin approached the patient because he "looked like a big guy." Martin reportedly asked the man if he'd ever "hurt anyone." The man replied, "yes, no, maybe." The man agreed to the do the job, but called police to tip them off to the plot.

Martin allegedly wanted the patient to "put four in her head and make it look like a robbery."

Martin remains in custody since his arrest on November 9, 2012, by ATF at the Cleveland Clinic hospital emergency room.

In November, The Cleveland Clinic released the following statement on Martin: "Mr. Martin has been suspended without pay pending further investigation and the completion of the judicial process. He has only been employed one year with us and there have been no prior instances of misconduct in the workplace. We are taking this very seriously and are working with the authorities on their investigation."

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