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Joel Christopher Martin, 43, was also arraigned Wednesday on charges that include four counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Martin was arrested in late May at Shelnutt Grocery, 978 Welcome to Arnco Road in west Coweta County, after he came after an ex-girlfriend working at the grocery store. Martin had a shotgun when he entered the business. The gun was wrestled away by employees, who then detained him by force until police arrived.

Martin, a registered sex offender, was a wanted fugitive from Alabama.

Investigators learned upon arrest that Martin was also wanted for rape in Dale County, Ala.

At arraignment, Martin pleaded not guilty and his case is expected to go to trial on Nov. 5.
 

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Martin's motive was reportedly to "attempt to kill the clerk working at the time." The clerk was reportedly an ex-girlfriend of Martin's.

When Martin entered the store, the clerk fled to a rear room in the business where the store's owners, Howard and Cindy Shelnutt, were located.

The perpetrator walked toward that room and pointed the shotgun at the Shelnutts, according to Lewis. Howard Shelnutt grabbed the barrel of Martin's gun and a fight broke out between the two. During the fight, one round discharged, but no one was injured.

Howard Shelnutt got the shotgun away from Martin, and others inside the store made a citizen's arrest and kept Martin detained until sheriff's deputies arrived. An ambulance also responded to treat Martin for injuries he received during the fight. Martin was transported to an area hospital for further treatment.

Martin will be charged with four counts of aggravated assault â€" one for each person he fought â€" and other charges are pending the investigation.

The witnesses on the scene all knew Martin as Poole, and when deputies were able to determine his true identity, they learned he was wanted for rape out of Dale County, Ala., and had been previously convicted of a rape that occurred in Houston County, Ala., in 1987.
 
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