Man That Claimed Woman Was Killed In Deer Hunting Accident Charged With Murder

May 10, 2017

A Flomaton man who told authorities he was trying to shoot a deer when he shot and killed a woman last December has been indicted for murder by a grand jury.

Shannon Bell, age 31 of Upper Creek Road, was taken into custody following the indictment by the Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office for the death of 36-year old Donna L. Martin.

About 6:30 Friday night, authorities received a call about a gunshot victim near the Pollard Boat Landing. 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.

Bell claimed that he was trying to shoot a deer at night and a struggle ensued over the gun. The gun went off killing Martin.

The Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Alabama Game & Fish Division. At the time, Bell was arrested for manslaughter and a night hunting violation. But after further investigation, the charge was upgrade to murder. Bell remains in the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center with bond set at $150,000.


9 Responses to “Man That Claimed Woman Was Killed In Deer Hunting Accident Charged With Murder”

  1. Duke of Wawbeek on May 11th, 2017 10:03 am

    Best not to take women night hunting could be the lesson here. Sad the woman had to die.

  2. My Opinion on May 11th, 2017 8:53 am

    @ anne 1of2….if you read the article again, you will see that it says ‘a struggle ensued over the gun’. So, if he was trying to kill her (and I do not know), it seems that is where the fatal shot landed; maybe not where he was originally aiming.

  3. Grand Locust on May 10th, 2017 5:40 pm

    So two days ago somebody argues and is shot, and every comment was he was a murderer after he was indicted and convicted. This story, there is a gun and some type of struggle, and somebody dies. Every comment is that they cannot believe the grand jury indicted. Nobody will bring back the deceased. Taxpayers will house the shooter for 50k a year after the jury makes its decision, and once again everybody loses. There is a common denominator despite the comments.

  4. Chris in Molino on May 10th, 2017 4:39 pm

    Regardless of what happened, the state is on his behind now. With unlimited resources and backwards laws to favor them, the government will no doubt have a field day with this guys life. What’s worse is the morons programmed by politicians, music industry, Disney and their subsidiaries, and technology, will believe anything. Then you have the older folks, while good people, are so gullible, they’ll believe he’s guilty just because prosecutors say so.

  5. anne 1of2 on May 10th, 2017 12:25 pm

    This story is nuts. Who shoots a person in the side to murder them? God bless this young man, sounds like he did all he could to save her. He needs a great attorney.

  6. Beegee on May 10th, 2017 11:42 am


  7. Tiffany Day on May 10th, 2017 9:32 am

    I know Bell and knew Martin very well. Donna was the type to put herself in bad situations. Of course, this didn’t make her a bad person, but she did try to cover up a lot. She would take abuse and then say it was her fault. Bell ought to be ashamed of himself for acting like a child in the first place. Now her 4 kids have to live without their momma. I couldn’t imagine!

  8. David Huie Green on May 10th, 2017 9:14 am

    Regardless of the circumstances, do not fight over a gun (assuming that was what happened).

    Go whole hog, don’t try to use a weapon illegally in the first place.

    David for better expressions of love

  9. Kathy on May 10th, 2017 7:11 am

    I can’t believe there charging him with murder, it was an accident ,the victim. Told nurses he didn mean to do it, bell loved her very much. It’s sad I knew ms Martin and Bell , he’s not a murderer.

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