Wayne County mom killed by daughter, 3 others for insurance money, deputies say

ONTARIO, N.Y. -- A daughter conspired with three men in February to murder her mother in Wayne County, deputies said Thursday.

The motive, deputies said, was insurance money.

After a nearly five-month investigation, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested four people for killing Julie L. Martin inside her Ontario home.

Charges are Martin's daughter, Jasmine J. Harlee, and three men -- Knowledge O. Couser, Malquan A. Drayton and Davontae M. Devine.

The investigation began on Feb. 1 when Martin was found dead inside 79 Jonathan Lane, a home inside the Orchard Grove Village mobile home park. She was 52 years old.

Deputies spent months investigating Martin's suspicious death -- teaming up with the Greece Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the Wayne County Coroner's Office and the Wayne County District Attorney's Office.

The investigation revealed Martin's daughter and three others killed her to pocket insurance money, deputies said. The cause of Martin's death was not disclosed.

BY SAMANTHA HOUSE
shouse@syracuse.com