Flomaton Man Charged With Weekend Shooting Death

December 6, 2016

A Flomaton man has been charged with the shooting death of  a mother of four Friday night in Pollard, AL.

Shannon Heath Bell, age 31 of  Upper Creek Road, has been charged with manslaughter for the death of 36-year old Donna L. Martin. He was being held in the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center in Brewton with bond set at $25,000.

About 6:30 Friday night, authorities received a call about a gunshot victim in the Pollard area. The caller was experiencing problems with his phone connection, but was eventually able to relay that he wanted medical units to meet him at the intersection of Foshee Road and Highway 31. First responders arrived to find Martin suffering from a gunshot wound to her side. She was transported to D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton where she was later pronounced deceased.

The case remains under investigation and authorities said additional charges may be forthcoming. The case has been turned over to the district attorney and will be presented to a grand jury.


7 Responses to “Flomaton Man Charged With Weekend Shooting Death”

  1. Katie A on December 7th, 2016 11:10 am

    Know the system is messed up when your bond is more for pot! Such a shame he’s out on a 25,000$ bond.

  2. Concerned on December 7th, 2016 8:48 am

    Before you call someone a monster, remember this man was a son & has a mother & father that are hurting as well I’m sure. Parents can’t help what their adult children do sometimes.

  3. Tiffany King on December 7th, 2016 2:37 am

    R u kidding me !! Only a $25,000 bond and manslaughter… That should b no bond and 1st degree murder!!! If he would’ve got busted with drugs he wouldn’t have a bond at all, that’s how messed up the justice system is… I just can’t believe this, it’s just disgusting to me!!!

  4. Judge Rusty Johnston on December 7th, 2016 12:11 am

    Regarding the comments that the bond is too low.
    Manslaughter is a Class B Felony. Rule 7.2 of the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure
    sets out a Bail Schedule which a judge can only depart from, if there are reason put on the record, during a hearing, as to why he should. Reason to depart are evidence that he is a flight risk (is packing his belongings) or a danger to the community (a habitual criminal).
    The bail schedule for Class B Felonies, which Manslaughter is one, is $5,000 to $30,000.

    It looks like the judge did exactly what he was supposed to do: follow the law

  5. Terri on December 6th, 2016 12:37 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to both families!!!

  6. Tiffany Day on December 6th, 2016 11:04 am

    $25,000 bond for shooting a mother of 4! I knew Donna, and despite her quirks, she was a good person! Now her babies will have to grow up (especially her girls) knowing that this monster shot and killed their mom and, because of our justice system, was able to be released on his mediocre bond and Mickey Mouse charge! He should be charged with Murder, not Manslaughter, and should’ve had no bond!

  7. what is this on December 6th, 2016 2:44 am

    manslaughter and 25 k bond geez show him just give him an ankle monitor and house arrest.