Man accused of luring murder victim to Indy has trial set

Martize Kirkland (Provided Photo/IMPD)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A Muncie man will go to trial in January on charges he killed a man whose decomposed body was found eight months after he was reported missing.

The (Muncie) Star Press reports that a Jan. 25 trial is scheduled for 27-year-old Martize D. Kirkland. He is charged with murder, robbery, auto theft and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Court records show that Kirkland told a friend he lured 23-year-old Jeremy Johnson to an abandoned Indianapolis home in October 2014 and killed him.

Johnson’s decomposed body was found in a wooded area of Indianapolis on June 16.

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