Dayton man charged with murder in Darke County shooting

Credit: Miami County Jail

Credit: Miami County Jail

A Dayton man accused of shooting a man twice during a fight Sunday in Darke County is charged with murder.

Eric James Martin, 27, is held in the Darke County Jail on a $150,000 cash-only bond awaiting his Jan. 20 arraignment in a Darke County court.

Darke County Sheriff’s deputies responded around 4:20 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of West Main Street in Gettysburg on a shooting, according to the sheriff’s office.

Layton White, 29, of Union City, Indiana, was pronounced dead on the scene.

A witness told a detective they saw Martin force his way into a home and get into a fight with a woman who lived there, according to court documents.

“Layton White intervened to try and protect [the woman],” an affidavit read. “Martin went to his vehicle and returned with a handgun. He then shot L. White and even followed the victim further into the street and shot him again.”

Martin then fled but was found less than a half hour later in Troy, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was taken to the Miami County Jail and was later transferred to Darke County.

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