Iowa woman sought in cousin’s slaying is found in Norfolk

Danaesha Martin (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff's Office)
Danaesha Martin (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

NORFOLK — An Iowa woman sought in the slaying of her cousin has been taken into custody here.

Authorities say 22-year-old Danaesha Martin was detained Tuesday in Norfolk on an Iowa warrant for first-degree murder. Iowa court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.

Authorities say she played a role in the May 31 shooting death of 22-year-old Shavondes Martin. He’d been acquitted in February of shooting to death Otavious Brown.

Shavondes Martin’s mother, Diane Martin , was shot to death in her Waterloo, Iowa home in September. Authorities are saying that, for now, the slayings of Diane and Shavondes Martin don’t appear to be related.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.