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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.

Comments

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 months, 4 weeks 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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James Naismith 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Larry, Moe and Curly went looking for hippie lettuce.

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kay_you 9 months, 4 weeks ago

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

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James Naismith 9 months, 4 weeks ago

How can the atrtorney say in one breath "not guilty" and in the next say "the gun was a toy"?

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shufly 9 months, 4 weeks 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.

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Chris Bailey 9 months, 4 weeks 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.

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showtime92 10 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.

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Hurinfan 10 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.

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Joe Ross 10 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.

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