The legacy of deceased attorney Precious Martin continues to sink deeper into the mud, as the war currently waged in federal court by Crystal Martin and Brandi Barnett over Mr. Martin's $500,000 life insurance policy got dirty last week. Literally. Crystal Martin is Mr. Martin's widow, while Ms. Barnett is his alleged mistress. Ms. Barnett filed a motion to compel discovery after Mrs. Martin did not answer several interrogatories. Mr. Martin was killed last May in an ATV accident in Ridgeland. JJ reported in December:
State Farm v. Crystal Martin and Brandi Barnett will probably be the legacy of the now-deceased Precious Martin as his wife and Brandi Barnett both dispute who should be the proper beneficiary of a $500,272 life insurance policy held by Mr. Martin that named Ms. Barnett as the beneficiary. Crystal Martin also said Ms. Barnett lived in a home owned by Precious Martin and accused her of "seducing" her husband as she sued her for alienation of affection. The case has been assigned to Judge Henry Wingate.
State Farm filed a complaint for interpleader in U.S. District Court on September 18, 2014. Mr. Martin was killed earlier this year in an ATV accident in Ridgeland. His wife and three children survived his death. State Farm asked the court to determine the proper beneficiary of the policy as Mrs. Martin disputed the validity of Ms. Barnett's claim. Mr. Martin purchased the policy in May 2013. Mrs. Martin argued Ms. Barnett had no "insurable interest". The insurer offered to deposit the amount with the court.. Earlier post with copy of complaints.Mrs. Martin sued Ms. Barnett for alienation of affection (as part of the federal case) and claimed:
Cross-Defendant Brandi Barnett seduced Precious Martin and induced, persuaded and encouraged Precious Martin to engage in an extra-marital affair and sexual relationship with her. Brandi Barnett engaged in such solicitous activity culminating in a sexual relationship with Precious Martin with full knowledge that Precious Martin was married to Crystal Martin with children. Brandi Barnett’s actions were wrongful in that she seduced Precious Martin with full knowledge of his marital relationship with Crystal Martin, her employer, and induced and encouraged Precious Martin to engage in a sexual relationship outside of his marriage and continuously encouraged Precious Martin to abandon his marriage and family and affection for Crystal Martin.....The two sides have sparred in court since the original filings in September. Cross-claims, counterclaims, motions to dismiss, all the weapons of legal warfare have been used at some point in this case. Ms. Barnett submitted a set of interrogatories to Mrs. Martin as part of discovery. Ms. Barnett is represented by attorney Nick Norris. Mr. Norris argues that Mrs. Martin missed three deadlines in responding to the interrogatories and should thus be forced to answer.
Kingfish note: There were details of the case rather salacious in nature. I removed them today after discussion with others, including several veteran journalists. There are kids who lost their father last year. The court records are still posted below. I know this will anger some people or bring me some criticism but it felt like the right thing to do. Future filings will be reported and editorial decisions about them will be made on the individual merits of each filing.