Man commits patricide over use of truck

A Seabeck man apparently shot his father over an argument about the use of a truck.

Martin Warren, 34, was formally charged on Oct. 14 in Kitsap County Superior Court with first-degree murder with special allegation-domestic violence in the shooting death of his 61-year-old father, Russell Warren.

Apparently an argument erupted between the two men on Oct. 11 at Russell’s residence in the 2800 block of Komichan Lane N.W. after Russell told Martin’s girlfriend, Katherine Moore, that she could not use his vehicle. Moore then told Martin that she couldn’t borrow the vehicle and he became enraged. Moore then witnessed Martin go to a white Ford truck and retrieve a handgun. Martin then allegedly returned to his father’s residence and said “you’re dead” and began shooting.

According to Martin’s brother, Ivan, Martin fired between 3-5 shots with a .38-caliber handgun.

Moore told Sheriff’s deputies that before the shooting she also heard Martin say he was going to kill his father. After the shooting Martin left the scene in his truck but was pulled over by deputies approximately nine miles from the scene of the shooting.

Martin and his father apparently had a troubled past. Russell had issued a protection order against his son in July 2004.

Martin also has a felony conviction for possession with intent to manufacture and/or deliver methamphetamine. He is currently in Kitsap County Jail with bail set at $1 million and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Oct. 21.

“My client didn’t enter a plea because I need more time to review the case. These are very serious circumstances and I don’t want to rush into anything,” said Eric Fong, Martin’s defense attorney.

If he is convicted, he could face a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison.

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