SANTA ANA (CBS) — A 35-year-old man accused of shooting his father in their Huntington Beach home was charged Monday with murder.

Jeremy Dwayne Martin, who also faces a sentence-enhancing allegation of shooting a gun causing death, was being held on $1 million bail pending his arraignment on Tuesday.

Deputy District Attorney Sonia Balleste says Martin got into an argument with his 62-year-old father, Frederick, about a gun the son was keeping in the house.

Jeremy Martin appeared to be “paranoid,” so his father called Huntington Beach police to come to their home and check on his son early Friday morning, Balleste said.

Police left when Jeremy Martin refused to talk to them, and the father and son got into another argument about the gun, Balleste said.

About an hour later, at around 8:30 a.m., he called police to say he had shot his father, Balleste said. He faces up to 50 years to life in prison, if convicted.

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Comments (4)
  1. Tom says:

    So much for calling the police for help. Should have been two guns in that house…the second in the hands of the father…

  2. Ron says:

    WHY THE @ELL DIDN”T THE POLICE REMOVE THE SON FROM THE HOUSE !!!! They let him stay, simply because HE didn’t want to talk to them. Remove the gun and let him sit in a cell at the police station, until he decides to talk.That is the weakest excuse that I have EVER heard.

    Hope the officers that made such a bad decision, have a very hard time living with their decision

  3. David says:

    I knew both of these people. It sounds like the HBPD REALLY dropped the ball here. I am SHOCKED that it’s not a lead news story on the six o’clock news. I hope a serious investigation goes down and the truth comes out. I know Jeremy had a meth problem and had serious anxiety issues. Smoking that stuff for days on end will make you loose your marbles. He’s NEVER been the same since his first run with meth in the late 90’s. I feel terrible for everyone involved and more so for the family. Goodspeed Fred.

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