- Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe
Media Contact for Cole Martin Guilty Plea
Michael O'Keefe, District Attorney
Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office — District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced that Cole Martin (DOB 1/31/2000) plead guilty on July 18, 2018 in Barnstable Superior Court to Manslaughter and Larceny from a Building in connection with the stabbing death of his stepfather James Dean (DOB 1/26/1973 ) on January 6, 2017.
On January 6, 2017 police responded to the Beach N’ Towne Motel in South Yarmouth as a result of a 911 call made by Cole Martin. The investigation revealed that Cole Martin entered the motel room with a knife that he had stolen from the home he was staying at, with his mother, Kristen Martin. Mr. Martin stabbed James Dean four times. Police interviewed family members about James Dean and Kristen Martin’s relationship. It was described to the police that there was domestic abuse between the two. It was described as toxic and rocky at best.
Judge Gary Nickerson sentenced Mr. Martin to 16-18 years committed in state prison with ten years’ probation. The probation will begin after the committed sentence.
The case was investigated by the Yarmouth Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bright prosecuted the case.