Trial Underway in Police Officer Shooting

Martin White
Martin White

Two years ago this December, Savannah police corporal Martin White was shot while sitting in his patrol car. Today, the trial of one of his attackers got underway. It started out with some motions to exclude evidence. Then this afternoon, prosecutors and defense attorneys selected a jury.

Sitting tall and proud through it all, STAR Corporal Martin White, ready to face the suspect, Ahmad Johnson.

Martin and his wife Terri have been through a lot and are ready to see justice served. "I feel great, I feel good," Martin told us.

"It's been a long time coming, it's been a long two years, but I'm glad it's finally here," said Terri.

Days after the shooting, investigators named two suspects: Ahmad Johnson and Calvin Martin. The arrested Johnson, and they believe Martin--the trigger man--escaped to the Bahamas.

"This is only the first part of it, the shooter hasn't been caught yet, so we are still waiting for the shooter, but this is the first part and I feel good about this part getting started and getting over with," said Martin.

Johnson is charged with aggravated assault of a police officer. "I think he should get the maximum penalty allowed," said Terri.

Johnson is also facing armed robbery charges. Police say a few days before the shooting, he was involved in a home invasion on Savannah's south side. Johnson is accused of beating two elderly people in a home on Holland Park Circle. They were robbed and left for dead.

Police say Johnson and Martin shot Cpl. White to throw investigators off that case.

Opening arguments are set for tomorrow. Attorneys from both sides did not comment today about the case. The trial is expected to last throughout the week.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com