A woman who allegedly inquired about hiring a hit man at Walmart in Hinesville was arrested Friday on outstanding warrants for parole violations.
According to Hinesville Police Department Detective Jeffrey Lui’s incident report, Kristy Martin, 29, who is employed at Walmart, allegedly approached a fellow employee and made statements about hiring someone to kill her boyfriend, whom she had been dating for several years.
The situation came to light when a Walmart loss-prevention officer told authorities he was approached by another employee who claimed that Martin allegedly had asked her if she knew anyone who would do a hit for her. The employee said she told Martin she didn’t know anyone who would do that.
According to the police report, the employee asked Martin a few days later whether she had found anyone who would kill her boyfriend. Martin allegedly said she had. Martin reportedly claimed that after her boyfriend was dead, she was going to chop him up and drop the remains in a body of water. The Walmart employee then told the loss-prevention officer about the conversation she’d reportedly had with Martin.
According to the report, Lui and Officer Jeff Davis went to the Hinesville home Martin and her boyfriend share to check on the boyfriend. No one was home.
Lui said he interviewed Martin in Walmart’s security office, where she explained to him that she did make the comments to her co-worker, but said she had been joking.
“She was upset that Rogers had left her alone for a week to visit his sister, and she was just venting to (her co-worker) about her frustration with the situation,” Lui said.
A Hinesville Police officer again was dispatched to Martin’s home and was able to confirm that her boyfriend was alive and well.
Lui said there was no evidence that Martin hired a hit man; however, she could have been charged with terroristic threats.
“She admitted she made the comments to co-workers, and we determined that the comments were made out of frustration and (in) jest, so I decided not to charge her,” the detective said.
Once it was determined Martin’s boyfriend was safe, Lui said he ran a check on Martin and found there were warrants issued in Decatur County for her arrest through the sheriff’s office. She was wanted for parole violations. The Decatur Sheriff’s Office said they would extradite her.
Martin was arrested but before she was placed in custody, Lui said he let Martin use his cellphone to call her boyfriend and inform him she was being arrested. Lui said Martin told her boyfriend what led police to her.
She was transported to the Liberty County Jail to await extradition. But before she was transported, Lui said, Martin’s family was able to clear up the warrant issue and she was freed.