Release of man convicted in officer's killing delayed

Published: May. 11, 2020 at 9:23 AM EDT
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The expected release of an inmate convicted in the 1979 killing of an on-duty Richmond police officer has been put on hold. That's according to the slain officer’s sister, Maureen Clements.

Clements told The Associated Press she was notified Monday morning by the Virginia Parole Board that Vincent Martin would not be released as scheduled.

The decision to grant Martin parole has sparked an uproar in the law enforcement community.

Clements also said the state's government watchdog agency is investigating the parole board's handling of the Martin case. A spokeswoman for that agency said she couldn't confirm or deny that an investigation is under way.


Four Republican Virginia lawmakers are at the last minute calling on Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to prevent the release of a man who killed a police officer in 1979.

Sixty-four-year-old Vincent Lamont Martin is scheduled to be released Monday. Martin is one of dozens of inmates convicted in slayings who were granted parole in March during a push to accelerate the review of parole-eligible inmates because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Northam on Sunday (see pdf attached to this story), the lawmakers say the nature of the crime and “irregularities involving the Parole Board’s decision” should prompt the governor to halt Martin’s release.