Man charged in murder try
A man charged with attempting to murder a 26-year-old woman last fall in Crofton is believed by the woman to be the father of her unborn child, according to police and court documents. Charles B. Martin, 32, of Charles County was arrested Monday afternoon after months of investigation by Anne Arundel County homicide detectives, who linked him to the shooting through interviews with witnesses and a hair found at the crime scene, said Capt. David Waltemeyer, who commands the department's criminal investigation division. Martin conspired with Jerold R. Burks, 22, to shoot Jodi Torok, 26, in the head as she stood in the vestibule of her home Oct. 27, according to court documents. Torok, a hairdresser at an Annapolis salon, believed that Martin was the father of her unborn child, but he "was not happy about the pregnancy" and had a wife and other children, according to the court documents. Torok was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for emergency brain surgery after the shooting and survived. According to the documents, detectives searching the shooting scene found a Gatorade bottle that had been used as a silencer for a gun. DNA tests showed that hair found in tape wrapped around the mouth of the bottle matched Martin's, according to the documents. Police said they believe that Burks was the gunman. Martin was also charged with conspiring to commit attempted first-degree murder and using a handgun in a violent crime. He was being held at the county detention center in lieu of $500,000 bail.