Jury selection begins in 'Good Samaritan' killing

Jury selection is scheduled to begin this afternoon for the trial of a Richmond teen accused of fatally shooting West Contra Costa Unified School District employee Terence Martin in 2005.

Glenn Flynn Wilson was 17 when he allegedly shot and killed Martin, 40, near Lovonya DeJean Middle School on Aug. 23, 2005.

Although bailiffs and his attorney had to help him tie his necktie in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez this morning, Wilson, now 19, has been charged as an adult with murder.

The day of Martin's slaying was the first day of school in the West Contra Costa County Unified School District. Martin was moving some furniture at nearby the school when he saw a teenage boy assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.

When Martin stepped in to intervene, the boy allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire, Richmond police said shortly after the killing.

“This is your Good Samaritan, shot for trying to do the right thing,'' Richmond police Lt. Alec Griffin said at the time.

Martin was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he was pronounced dead.

The shooter fled the scene, butlater that day, with help from witnesses and some of the alleged killer's friends, police tracked down and arrested Wilson.

Police also found a gun near the shooting they believed was used to kill Martin, police said.

Police reported that during an interview following his arrest Wilson allegedly admitted to killing Martin.

Martin had been a school district employee for 22 years, first as a maintenance worker, then as a custodian, head custodian and finally as a warehouse driver.

The school district has declared Aug. 23 Terence Martin Memorial Day and recently named its new Maintenance and Operations building after him.

— Bay City News

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