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Homicide charges referred for Kenosha resident in mysterious death of Gia M. Martin

Kenosha Police
Posted at 4:50 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 17:50:08-05

KENOSHA — Kenosha police are referring homicide charges against a 39-year-old Kenosha resident in connection to the death of Gia M. Martin, who was reported missing and subsequently found dead three weeks later.

KPD announced Tuesday they are referring 1st-degree intentional homicide to the Kenosha County District's Office for Roderick L. Smith. Additional pending charges include hiding a corpse, felon in possession of a firearm and obstructing an investigation, according to a statement.

KPD did not release any other details on the case on Tuesday. The file has yet to be included in online court records.

Gia M. Martin, 40, was reported missing on Jan. 26. At the time, officers had little information to work off of, police say.

The following day, the case was assigned to the department's detective bureau, but the investigation did not find any leads regarding Martin's whereabouts.

Then almost three weeks later, on Feb. 14, Martin was found dead. The police department has since launched a death investigation. There is no danger to the public, KPD says.

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