$7000 reward offered in Martin cold case


By Stan Welch
On Wednesday, officials of the Anderson Area Crimestoppers and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the family of Richard Martin, marked the twenty second anniversary of Martin’s murder by announcing a seven thousand dollar reward in  the case.
Martin was assaulted and murdered by an unknown assailant or assailants while walking along an Anderson County road in 1995. He was twenty four at the time. His mother, White Plains resident Ada Martin, said that the passage of time degrades the chances of a

resolution to the case. “So many people who were involved with the case, from detectives to witnesses to friends of Richards have moved or died. Relationships and marriages have ended and people have moved away. We are hoping that this money will spur some new interest in the case, perhaps from people who have just stayed at a distance so far, but who may know something.”
Both Crimestoppers and the Martin family have contributed to the reward. Martin is also a member of the board of directors of the Anderson Crimestoppers group, as well as the founder of the White Plains chapter, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary in January. Sheriff Chad McBride is expected to attend the announcement which will take place at Caron’s Restaurant on Clemson Boulevard at I p.m. on Wednesday, September 6.