Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 | 12:27 p.m.
Brandon Kuhn laid face down on the floor of his neighbor’s bedroom, dead with nine bullet holes in his back.
The smell of gunpowder struck the Metro Police officer as he walked through the room. When the officer asked the homeowner, Troy Martinez, who the person was, Martinez simply responded: “That was supposedly my friend.”
These were the details outlined in a Metro Police arrest report for Martinez, 32, who is suspected of shooting and killing Kuhn last week while Martinez's 2-year-old son was on the bed. Martinez was arrested on one count of murder with a deadly weapon and child endangerment.
The arrest report indicates the following occurred that day:
Kuhn came to Martinez’s home, at 1456 Amitola Ave., Thursday night to watch the NFL season-opener with Martinez and his wife. Kuhn was a friend of Martinez’s who lived nearby and stopped at the house to perform odd jobs for the family in the past.
This time, Martinez, his wife and Kuhn enjoyed several alcoholic beverages and watched the game. Afterward, Martinez and Kuhn went to the kitchen to talk while Martinez’s wife put the family’s two children to bed.
While in the kitchen, Kuhn expressed frustrations he was feeling about his marriage and said that he liked a woman he met while working as a maintenance man.
According to Martinez, he questioned Kuhn about whether it was right for him to act on that impulse with a wife and child at home. Kuhn became angry and punched him on the left side of the head. The two wrestled to the ground, and then Martinez told Kuhn to leave.
Martinez claimed that Kuhn instead followed him to his bedroom, where they continued to fight and Kuhn stated, “I’m gonna kill you,” and, “I’m gonna choke you to death!” Martinez said he then grabbed his firearm and shot Kuhn twice.
However, police found Kuhn’s body riddled with nine bullet holes. Martinez’s wife said she was asleep in the living room and did not hear any physical altercation. She was startled awake to see Kuhn chase her husband into the bedroom, where their 2-year-old son was on the bed.
Officers did not see any scratches or marks around Martinez's neck or face that would indicate a struggle. Martinez also said he never saw his son in the room.
He claimed he had no explanation and hoped someone could fill in the missing pieces to the puzzle of what happened that night.
Martinez was booked at Clark County Detention Center, where he is being held without bail. His first court hearing is scheduled at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.