Somerset CountyWicomico County

Levonte Javar Martin Convicted of First Degree Murder

On June 15, 2022, Levonte Javar Martin, 30 years of age, was convicted of First-Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Firearm Possession with Felony Conviction, Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm, Handgun on Person, and Firearm Use in a Crime of Violence.

The Honorable K. Beckstead, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, presided over the three-day jury trial. Sentencing was postponed pending a presentence investigation. The State’s Attorney has previously filed for a sentence of life without parole.

On January 29, 2021, Levonte Martin traveled from his home in Crisfield, Maryland to the Parkside Apartment complex, located off of Glen Avenue in Salisbury, Maryland. Once at the complex, he remained in the shadows for more than an hour while he awaited his victim’s arrival.

At approximately 10:00 p.m., Devonta Fagans arrived at the complex and parked his car in front of Building 506. When the victim exited his vehicle, Levonte Javar Martin emerged from the shadows and ambushed Fagans, shooting him multiple times.

Following the shooting, Martin fled to a neighboring apartment complex where he obtained transportation back to Crisfield, Maryland. Devonta Fagans succumbed to his injuries during the early morning hours of January 30, 2021 while at Tidal Health/PRMC.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie Dykes said “Gun violence plagues our community. My Office will always work tirelessly with our law enforcement and community partners to reduce violent crime and remove those who commit such violence from our community. This conviction will ensure that this defendant is never again a threat to the citizens of Wicomico County.”

SA Dykes commended the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and the Salisbury Police Department’s CID Unit for their hard work and dedication in the investigation, specifically thanking Detective Kyle Braightmeyer (MSP) and Detective Jeff Miller (SPD) for their work in the investigation. SA Dykes also commended Senior Assistant State’s Attorney D. Scott Messersmith and Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Clarke, who prosecuted the case.

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