Two Men Sentenced To Life In Prison For 2015 Murder

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two men have been sentenced to life in prison after a jury found them guilty of the 2015 murder of 34-year-old Norris Martin. He was found in a burned car in Gaston County.

According to a news release, Marquez Breon Springs-Owens, 33, and James Hampton Evans, 32, were both tried for first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and were found guilty.

Both men have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Spring-Owen also has an additional 129-176 months in prison and Evans has an additional 113-158 months in prison, officials say.

The other two co-defendents in the case, Germonta Wallace and Jay Phifer, are now deceased.


What Happened?

In December 2015, Martin was riding with a friend who met the four men to conduct a drug transaction, but the four men planned to rob his friend during the transaction.

Wallace and Phifer then got into the victims’ car and pulled a gun out and fatally shot Martin in the back of the neck, a news release said. Wallace then forced Martin’s friend out the car with the gun pointed towards him.

Phifer and Evans then tied him up, pointed a gun at him and drove him to his own home where they ransacked in search for cash. They eventually drove him to Woodland Circle in Charlotte and shot him multiple times, the Mecklenburg County DA’s Office said.

He was then left for dead but was able to crawl to a nearby home to call 911, he also survived.

Martin’s body was drove to Gaston County where it was set on fire in a school parking lot. Evans was arrested as he was attempted to flee the area, a news release said.

For More Information:

To read the original report, click HERE.

Previous report on Evans, click HERE.

Previous report on Spring-Owens, click HERE.