Monday, June 24, 2013

Robbery case moves forward against former KU football player Chris Martin, other defendants


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Former Kansas University football player Chris Martin and two other men were bound over for trial today in a robbery case stemming from a May 13 home invasion in southwest Lawrence.

Martin, along with two other defendants arrested and charged with aggravated robbery last month, appeared in Douglas County District Court this morning for a preliminary hearing. All three defendants waived their right to ask prosecutors to present evidence in court, pleaded not guilty, and were scheduled to appear in court again in July to set a trial date.

Martin was dismissed from the football program on June 17. Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has said Martin was dismissed not because of the criminal case, but because Martin failed to follow a series of stipulations, or protocols, that athletics officials had asked him to follow while the criminal case was pending in court. Weis never described those stipulations in detail.

The Kansas football program recruited Martin last year, and the 6-foot-5, 260-pound junior-college transfer came to Kansas as a four-star defensive end but never played a game here. He was arrested May 30, along with Jeremiah Letrell Edwards, 21, of Garland, Texas, and Joshua Edwards, 28, of Lawrence, on suspicion of robbing cash and marijuana from a Lawrence man at gunpoint at a home in the 1900 block of Camelback Drive about 10:30 p.m. on May 13, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

If convicted of aggravated robbery, the three men could face a prison sentence from 55 months to 20 years, depending on their criminal history. Douglas County prosecutors have said Martin had no criminal record. A 2011 citation for marijuana possession in Florida had been resolved by a diversion agreement.

Chris Martin's attorney, Chris Joseph, said Monday that he was in plea negotiations with Douglas County prosecutors. He has said that he thought the handgun allegedly involved in the robbery might have been a toy gun rather than a working firearm.

Martin and Jeremiah Edwards are free on a $35,000 bond. Joshua Edwards has remained in Douglas County Jail since his arrest, with bond set at the same amount.


Joe Ross 7 years, 6 months ago

Hate what he did (allegedly), angry about his stupidity and how it affects himself and the team, but I do root for the kid in terms of getting himself together. Pray to St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

He may wanna lend the ear of St. Anthony as well that boy is definitely lost!

Hurinfan 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm not going to claim he's guilty before a trial but it is really annoying when guilty people fight the system and waste more government money after they broke the law and know they should be in jail.

Bville Hawk 7 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if you would feel the same if you yourself were wrongly accused of a similar crime and looking at a possible 5-20 in the State Pen? Just saying...

Hurinfan 7 years, 6 months ago

I didn't say 'wrongfully accused'. I said guilty. People who know they did wrong and refuse to pay the consequences. I'm also not condemning Martin as he hasn't been tried yet.

Steve Reigle 7 years, 6 months ago

At that point they likely are hoping for a technicality that gets them off, or a mistake by the prosecution, or even a sympathetic jury or a jury that is easily confused. They're not going to give up home that something unexpected will get them off, even when they know they are guilty.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

He was there and put himself in that position. Normal people with a brain wouldn't put themselves in that position to begin with. I cannot imagine even being accused of something like this. Why? Because I don't surround myself with stupid people who do stupid things! It's that simple. He wasn't able to live up to Weis' expectations even after the crime was commited. He was given yet another chance and still couldn't tow the mark! Give me a break this guy obviously is choosing his path!

Travis Clementsmith 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm afraid your perception of the legal system and the reality of it are at very different ends of the spectrum. 95% of people who are charged with a crime plead guilty, sometimes as a plea bargain, but they never go to trial. Most of these people are poor and ignorant of the fact that they are entitled to a court appointed defense attorney if they so choose. That's a guaranteed right of being an American. Its the state's burden to prove your guilt, not the other way around.

actorman 7 years, 6 months ago

CalHawk, aren't you aware that in the current, revenge-minded USA, basic things like the right to a defense don't apply any more? It's all about "lock 'em up and throw away the key." Hence the fact that we're one of very few civilized countries that still have the archaic death penalty.

Micky Baker 7 years, 6 months ago

Not sure the death penalty is so archaic. It is actually under-used because of political correctness. Instead, what happens far more often than a convicted felon on death row serving the sentence, offenders are let out of prison early after being convicted and commit another heinous crime.

Remember In Cold Blood? Those were the last two guys in Kansas to be executed but there are convicts on death row as we speak in El Dorado. They invaded the home, brutally murdered the entire family in Holcomb, Ks., two of which were asleep in bed, shot point blank in the face with a shot gun. I wonder what other sentence could have possibly been justice in this case.

Bville Hawk 7 years, 6 months ago

See CalHawk's reply to rxDoc1973 just above...

Bville Hawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Maybe, just maybe, there is more to this story than you are aware of? Has that thought entered your mind? Maybe they want to go to trial because things aren't as they seem?

It's nice that you have family members in the legal profession. It's too bad you didn't pick up an appreciation for the rule of law from one of them.

Truckhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Blah blah blah blah. I've never spent any time in jail but I spent plenty of time being stupid, so I am going shy away from being high and mighty. The guy blew it - everybody knows that. Now he goes through the process. they probably stood in front of the judge for 10 minutes and now the lawyers will plea it out. Society will be just fine.

showtime92 7 years, 6 months ago

If you are not on the team during an actual game can you really be considered a 'former player'? I wish him the best in his legal battles but let's stop noting he was ever associated with the football program.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

And 1 other thing it said it was his first offense so I doubt he'll serve much if any time especially if the gun really is fake. My point above is don't surround yourself with people that get you into trouble. You would think a D1 football player with NFL potential would be able to reason that through. I wasn't saying he was guilty just that he shouldnt put himself in that situation.

shufly 7 years, 6 months ago

Where's the rest of the story. The police receive a complaint "some meanies stole my drugs and profit I made selling those drugs". Who would think a complaint would be filed? Was the confessor arrested? Did the police give the confessor his drugs and money? Are the police the enforcement arm of the local drug traders? Wow, confusion for me.

Raymond Wright 7 years, 6 months ago

Yes, no one, probably cited, no, could be but probably not, isn't that hard.

kay_you 7 years, 6 months ago

High risk, low reward. As criminals go this trio is at or near the bottom of the food chain.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 7 years, 6 months ago

Lot of "he's a victim of society" implications on this thread.

That's a joke.

How many chances can you give a kid to get his act together? No really....what's the count with Chris Martin? 7? 10? Dude gets arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and KIDNAPPING, and he still receives another chance from Weis.

Those of you coming to his defense with this "innocent until proven guilty" crap need to wake up. That might sound a little heartless and ignorant, not to mention unAmerican, but think about it.

When someone repeatedly puts himself in the position for trouble, it becomes less of a societal issue and more of a stupidity issue. And in my opinion, it's the result of ego and selfishness.

I don't care if he was there to rob someone, or his friends tricked him into thinking they were going to IHOP....he was there. Eventually you have to make a choice about who and what you're going to be. He chose poorly.

Now he has to face the consequences.

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