Son allegedly shoots stepfather in domestic dispute, police say

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 11:39am
Staff reports

Things turned deadly Tuesday morning at a north Nashville home when a 26-year-old walked in on a domestic dispute between his mother and stepfather, Metro police said.

Robert Boyd Martin, 53, died of a gunshot wound he received, allegedly at the hand of his stepson, Brandon Campbell, with whom Martin and his wife, Debra, shared their 3315 Spears Road home.

Debra Martin, 53, told detectives that she was involved in a verbal argument with her husband that became physical. She said she wound up on the floor and was being kicked by her husband when she heard gunshots and saw her son armed with a pistol.

Robert Martin was shot in the torso and died at the scene. Debra Martin phoned 911 at 6:42 a.m. Campbell ran from the residence into the neighborhood.

Police said Martins have a history of domestic violence. They have been investigated in two domestic matters, one in 1999 and the other in 2000. In both situations, Robert Martin was arrested for misdemeanor assault.

At this point in the investigation, police said Campbell is wanted for questioning in regard to the shooting death.

An arrest warrant is also being issued charging him with unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon. Campbell has convictions for unlawful weapon possession by a felon, facilitation of aggravated robbery, assault, and misdemeanor theft.

Anyone seeing him or knowing his whereabouts is urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600.

2 Comments on this post:

By: wiseone12 on 7/28/10 at 7:23

Despite this young mans criminal past, people should not be so quick to judge and convict him. No one was there to witness what he was seeing his stepfather do to his mother. There is nothing greater than the love between a mother and her child, and this son's protecting his mother is evident of this. There is a reason why there is a saying of "justifiable homicide", and this case fits this situation to a "T". I hope the district attorney and the pollice aren't so quick to judge this young man based upon his past. In cases of domestic violence, it is very seldom the dynamics of the abuse decrease. There is usually an escalation of the violence, with the abuser getting progressively worse in his behavior. This young man probably had visions of his stepfather one day killing his mother. The law can mandate a person to take anger management classes as part of a domestic violence probation sentence, But, there is no follow up once the abuser completes his/her sentence. The law doesn't mandate the victim to attend co-dependency classes so it is very seldom the victim and the abuser will part ways after the completion of the sentence. The victim has to have a good self esteem, and a great support system to be able to walk away, and stay away. Also, the abuser must have a true desire to change his/her views of the victim. The victim isn't viewed as a human being, but as property, to be treated any way the abuser sees fit. My prayers are with the young man as he contemplates his actions, and how and where he will turn himself in. I don't condone murder, but I do condone a son protecting his mother. And, he did so, even at the cost of his own freedom, and life. Also, there is no real proof the son had the gun on HIS person. For all that is known, the stepfather may have been using the same gun that took his life to intimidate his wife. It may have been a known household fact, there were guns on the property, and were easily accessible, so the son ran and got the gun from its storage place, and used it to defend his mother. May God bless the mother, and son. They have suffered enough. It is now time for the family to start healing. Just because a person goes to church, it doesn't make them a true shows they have an active social life.

By: bart37064 on 7/28/10 at 2:19

He looks like a fine young gentleman, well groomed and bright. I see he's wearing an NBA uniform, he must work for them.