LAURINBURG, N.C. — Scott Vincent Sica, the Florida man convicted of murdering Jonesville police Sgt. Greg Martin, died Tuesday morning at Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg.
Sica, 40, was found unresponsive in his cell on Tuesday morning. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, prison medical staff and paramedics were unable to revive him and he was later declared dead, the result of an apparent suicide.
Sica was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in 2014 to the 1996 murder of Martin.
Sica was arrested on Oct. 3, 2012, in connection with the shooting death of Martin.
Martin was shot six times on Oct. 5, 1996, during a traffic stop on I-77 near exit 82 in Jonesville. He was 30 years old and married to Lisa Martin. He had a stepson, daughter and 6-month-old son.
In January 2013, Brian Eugene Whittaker, 37, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Marc Peterson Olroyd, 42, of Rockwood, Tenn., were also charged in the case.
On the night he was killed, Martin noticed Sica and Whittaker in a red pickup truck and thought they were acting suspiciously. Investigators later determined they were about to rob a local restaurant.
When Martin pulled over the truck on the interstate, he told dispatch he was making a traffic stop. Highway Patrol Trooper Van Tate asked if Martin needed assistance and agreed to come help out.
In the meantime, Sica and Whittaker got out of the truck while Martin searched it. Investigators say Sica pulled out a gun and shot the officer six times in the head.
In court, a detective said Tate arrived at the scene only a few minutes later, but his friend and fellow law enforcement officer was already dead.