New Haven man convicted in 2013 of murdering high school student

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NEW HAVEN – A jury convicted on Thursday Tyhitt Bember, who was charged with the fatal shooting of Javier Martinez in 2013, according to New Haven State Attorney Patrick Griffin.

Bember, now 25, was convicted of murder, felony attempt at first degree theft and carrying a pistol without a license, Griffin’s office said in a statement.

Evidence from the six-day trial showed that Bember approached Martinez with a gun in an attempt to rob him in New Haven on December 28, 2013. Bember then shot Martinez as he attempted to escape, said Griffin.

At the time, Martinez, a final year student at Common Ground High School, was walking around the Hemingway and Russell Street neighborhood on his own. He was on his way to a friend’s house, according to previous reports.

Police investigated the incident for five years until they could definitively identify Bember. The ministry indicted Bember, who was at the time serving time for a non-fatal shooting, on July 7, 2019.

With this conviction, Bember faces up to 85 years in prison. His conviction is scheduled for February 17, 2022.