Ottumwa Murder Suspect Faces Additional Charges


The Ottumwa man accused of murdering another man in late May now faces additional charges in the case.

Preston Martin now faces counts of first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery, in addition to a charge of first-degree murder. Authorities say the 38-year-old Martin killed 41-year-old Thomas Foster on May 25th, at Foster’s home on Queen Anne Avenue in Ottumwa.

According to the criminal complaint, when Martin was arrested, he had blood on his clothing, and was carrying a money container from Foster’s home. Killing a person while committing a “forcible felony” is one of the conditions that would justify a first-degree murder charge, and Martin is now accused of killing Foster while robbing him.

Martin’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for the morning of July 15th. He remains in the Wapello County jail on a one-million-dollar, cash-only bond.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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