MURDER USA: Maryland State Police Arrest Drug Dealer Levonte Javar Martin in Salisbury Homicide

SALISBURY, MD – Drug dealers shouldn’t murder their customers unless they fail to pay for their drugs – which is usually Law #1 in the drug transaction business. If such a motive was behind the murder of a Salisbury man, that is what will likely unfold in Circuit Court in Wicomico County. Is it possible that the motive for the alleged murder was disappointment about a hairstyle? Only The Shadow knows for sure.


Maryland State Police report that they arrested a man on February 3, 2021, who is suspected of the fatal shooting of a man found dead on January 29, 2021, in Salisbury.

The suspect, Levonte Javar Martin, 28, (DOB 03/28/1992) of 173 Somers Cove, Crisfield, Maryland, was charged by Maryland State Police Detective K. Braightmeyer of the Criminal Investigation Division with first-degree and second-degree murder. He was taken before the Wicomico County District Court Commissioner, where he was denied bond.

The deceased has been identified as Devonta Marvel Fagans, 26, of Salisbury, Maryland. Investigators say Fagans was found with apparent gunshot wounds at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Emory Court in Salisbury around 10 p.m. Friday, January 29th, when officers from the Salisbury Police Department responded there for a reported shooting.  Fagans was transported to TidalHealth Hospital in Salisbury, where he died the next morning.  His body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.


The Salisbury Police Department requested the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit assume the investigation. According to a preliminary investigation, witnesses reported hearing shots fired outside of a residence on Emory Court, where Fagans was located in a parking lot.

Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators, along with the members of the Salisbury Police Department and Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office are conducting the criminal investigation.


Martin is being held without bond with a preliminary hearing set for March 4, 2021.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit at (443)480-6818.

Janise Fontaine filed in Somerset County Circuit Court on January 19, 2021, for absolute divorce from Martin.  Both parties were listed at the same address on court records.

Martin served five years in prison for his Alford Plea to felony drug distribution charges in Somerset Circuit Court on August 12, 2013.

Fagans was heading for an early grave, one way or another, as indicated by him being cited by Dorchester Deputy Sheriff Nick Kienast for driving a 2012 Ford Fusion at ninety miles an hour eastbound on Rt. 50 at Salem Road on January 24, 2021 – just five days before he was shot dead – allegedly by Martin.

 Fagan’s Facebook page shows the life of a young man beginning to live the success he sought in life by being an accomplished hairstylist.

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