Federal Charges for Jemison Man Accused of Soliciting Murder of Witness

Jemison, Al. (WSFA) -- Douglas Eugene "Gene" Martin has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of soliciting the murder of a federal witness, according to U.S. District Attorny Leura Canary's office.

Martin owns a car dealership in Chilton County.

Canary's office issued a release stating that the indictment was "a superseding indictment which alleges that between March 21, 2008 and April 28, 2008...Martin solicitied, commanded, induced, and endeavored to persuade two people to kill a third person..."

The targeted person was to testify in a federal proceeding, which means if convicted Martin could face a maximum 20 year prison sentence for a federal crime of violence.

The solicitation charge was added to a pending federal indictment against Martin.

Martin was already facing felony counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Those charges carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.