WATERLOO — A Waterloo man acquitted of murder charges in February was shot dead early Thursday.

A neighbor found the body of Shavondes Shavez Martin, 22, in the alley between South Street and Washington Street around 5:30 a.m.

Neighbors had heard gunfire early Thursday but didn’t notify police.

“Evidently there were shots between 3 and 4 o’clock, from what my neighbor said. She said she heard multiple gunshots, and evidently the body was found behind our apartments,” said neighbor Deshawnus Ceasar, who has lived in the neighborhood about four years.

Police said Martin apparently died of gunshot wounds, and an autopsy will determine the official cause of death later.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Earlier, around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, police were sent to the 1100 block of West Fifth Street for a shooting. According to police, 18-year-old Alykah Watts and a man were sitting in a vehicle in a driveway at her home when someone opened fire, and she was shot in the face. The male wasn’t injured.

Watts was flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and her injuries aren’t considered life-threatening. The vehicle also was hit by gunfire.

It wasn’t clear if the Fifth Street shooting is related to Martin’s death.

Martin had been arrested for murder and other charges in the July 2016 drive-by shooting that killed 21-year-old Otavious Brown and injured two others.

A Black Hawk County jury acquitted Martin and co-defendant Armand Rollins of all charges in February 2018 following a trial but found a co-defendant Doncorrion Spates guilty of murder.

Martin later pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in connection with a June 2016 traffic stop where police found drugs and a scale. On May 3, he received a deferred judgment with five years probation in the drug case.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Waterloo Police Investigations Unit at 291-4340, option 7.

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