Ashlee Martinson set for trial
Ashlee Martinson, 17, suspect in the alleged homicide of Jennifer and Thomas Ayers, was brought back to Oneida County this week and faces her first court appearance in Oneida County tomorrow, April 24 at 1:15 p.m. in Branch I courtroom.
Martinson had been detained in Boone County, Indiana, until she waived extradition on April 9. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department was given 30 days to retrieve Martinson in order to face trial for counts of felony homicide and false imprisonment.
On March 8, the same day police received a phone call leading them to the decedents Jennifer and Thomas Ayers, Martinson was apprehended in Boone County, where she would attempt to deny extradition until April 9. The deceased couple were Martinson’s mother and step-father.
The call that led police to a house in the town of Piehl, where the alleged crime took place, was made by one of Martinson three younger siblings, who had been locked in a room, allegedly by Martinson. Jennifer and Thomas Ayers were found deceased upon arrival, thought not officially pronounced until later that afternoon. Based on their initial investigation, police put out an alert for Martinson, who was arrested in Boone County mere hours later.
Martinson is a junior at Rhinelander High School.