Florida -- Stu Pepper, lawyer for Scott Vincent Sica who's charged with murdering Sgt. Greg Martin 16 years ago, says his client did not kill Martin.
Pepper told News 2's sister newspaper, News-Press in Ft. Myers, FL, Sica didn't even know about Martin's murder until he was arrested last week. The lawyer said Sica was surprised by the arrest, and that officers still haven't shown the two any evidence police have against Sica.
On Oct. 5, 1996, Martin, 30, of the Jonesville Police Department, saw a man police now believe was Sica standing behind a strip mall near the highway.
Police say the man drove away, and Martin pulled him over around 2:40 a.m. A state trooper later found Martin lying on the side of the road with multiple gunshots to the head; the shots were close-range.
Sica is charged with first-degree murder.
Sica was arrested in 1998 and convicted of two armed bank robberies in Tennessee. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $10,000 restitution.
During that sentence, a judge also connected him to an armed robbery at a Home Depot in Fort Myers, FL.
Pepper told the paper his client admitted to the robberies, but would not admit to shooting Sgt. Martin.
Sica is set to be extradited to North Carolina in the next few days, which he is not contesting, Pepper said.