Man That Claimed Woman Was Killed In Deer Hunting Accident Sentenced For Manslaughter

June 14, 2019

A Flomaton man who told authorities he was trying to shoot a deer when he shot and killed a woman in December 2016 has been sentenced.

Shannon Bell was indicted for the murder of 36-year old Donna L. Martin, but entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter. He was sentence to two years in state prison followed by 36 months in community corrections.

The night of December 2, 2016, 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.


3 Responses to “Man That Claimed Woman Was Killed In Deer Hunting Accident Sentenced For Manslaughter”

  1. Karen on June 14th, 2019 8:22 am

    Sounds terrible no matter the circumstances. Someone lost a loved one. If it was truly an accident, he is only going to serve two years in prison. Her family has to deal with her loss daily.

  2. Kathy on June 14th, 2019 8:07 am

    This was a terrible accident, he loved Donna and would have never hurt her, her last words were he didn mean to do it. That s a fact!!!.

  3. Jim on June 14th, 2019 6:50 am

    He should have gotten more than 2 years for illegally his bring at night.

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