Motley Crue Fan Charged With British Columbia Murder
April 13, 2010
Monique Tamminga of the Surrey North Delta Leader reports that a 28-year-old Langley man who legally changed his name to Nikki Sixx Serafino has been charged in the second-degree murder of a Surrey man who was shot and killed 11 months ago.
Serafino, who was previously known as Jeffery Alan Smith, was arrested on Friday in connection to the murder of 33-year-old Damon Michael Martin.
It was the morning of May 12, 2009, around 8:45 a.m., when Martin was shot in the stomach while inside a house in the Panorama Ridge area of Surrey.
Martin stumbled out of the house, attempting to flee. He got as far as Highway 10 at 132 Street, when he collapsed to the roadside.
A passer-by called 911, believing Martin had been run over.
When police arrived they saw that Martin had been a victim of a shooting, not a hit-and-run.
Air ambulance landed on the busy roadway and rushed Martin to hospital but he died of his injuries a few hours later.
“It was an extensive investigation that led to Mr. Serafino’s arrest,” said Integrated Homicide Investigation Team’s spokesperson Cpl. Dale Carr.
The murder isn’t linked to drugs, gangs or organized crime, said Carr.
The victim and accused did know each other and some dispute may have taken place at the house.
Serafino, who police have learned is a huge fan of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, changed his name to match that of the band’s bassist Nikki Sixx.
Searches of court documents does list a Jeffery Alan Smith as having trouble with the law in Dawson Creek and Kelowna in the early 2000s.
Martin was also known to police. He had convictions dating from 2000 to 2006 for breaking and entering, possession for the purpose of trafficking and uttering threats. But he seemed to be on a different track of late, said police at the time of his murder.
Serafino was held in custody over the weekend and is expected to make his next court appearance on Wednesday, April 14.