Thursday, May 30, 2013

KU football player Chris Martin charged with aggravated robbery; bond set at $35,000



Chris Martin

Douglas County prosecutors charged junior Kansas University football player Chris Martin and two other men Thursday with aggravated robbery in connection with a May 13 home invasion in southwest Lawrence.

Martin, along with former Kansas football player Jeremiah Letrell Edwards, 21, of Garland, Texas, and Joshua Edwards, 28, of Lawrence, were arrested Wednesday 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, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

The victim in the case was a 24-year-old KU student who lived at the Camelback Drive residence.

The three arrested men remained in Douglas County Jail Wednesday night and appeared in Douglas County District Court Thursday via video, where all three were charged with one count of aggravated robbery. Prosecutors asked that bond for Martin be set at $50,000, but Martin's attorney, Chris Joseph, said that figure was too high because Martin did not pose a danger to the community and was not a flight risk.

Joseph said that he thought the handgun allegedly involved in the robbery might have been a toy gun rather than a working firearm. And, he said, Martin had no intention of leaving the area.

"He's going to be doing everything he can to stay here and continue his career at the university," Joseph said. "He's not going anywhere."

Chris Martin transferred to Kansas earlier this year as a four-star defensive end, but has not yet played in a game here.

Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff set bond for all three defendants at $35,000 with the requirement that they have no contact with the victims or any witnesses in the case. All three defendants are scheduled to appear in court again on June 6.

A conviction for aggravated robbery in Kansas can carry a prison sentence from 55 months to 20 years, depending on a person's criminal history. Douglas County prosecutors said Martin had no criminal record. A 2011 citation for marijuana possession in Florida had been resolved by a diversion agreement.


phaedruscj 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Plead heat exhaustion and get the case moved to Riley County.


bjejayhawk69 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Let the criminal justice system take its course. He seems like a guy who has done questionable things in the past but we don't know the whole story.

Do athletes/students smoke weed? Yes - more than us 40 somethings who post on here know. Heck its legal in Colorado. Maybe he the 2 dudes he went to the house with told him they knew the guys and and when they got there one of them pulls a gun (real or fake) and suddenly you are in a bad situation. He could have easily been the guy who started the whole thing as well - then he should be kick off the team and out of school.

Other schools deal with this all the time. Didn't Beckham-Green at MU get caught smoking weed at Misery. He played the whole year. If it happened at KSU Snyder would give the patented "it will be dealt with in house" and make run a few stadium stairs and never hear about it again.

Again let the system play out before passing judgement. Every one of us did some stupid things in college. The possible gun use issue is the biggest problem here.


Robert Brock 10 months, 3 weeks ago

This would be normal behavior at OU or UT.


eric poncharello 10 months, 3 weeks ago

"He's going to be doing everything he can to stay here and continue his career at the university," Joseph said. "He's not going anywhere." Evidently Martin wasn't doing his best before he committed a crime. Call it, what it is, big dumb kid!


Cliff Leiker 10 months, 3 weeks ago

It is unfortunate that Chris Martin threw away his chance to be a star at Kansas. Firstly, Kansas needed him. Secondly, he needed Kansas. No football and classes to attend left Mr. Martin bored and looking for a little fun. His irresponsible behavior cost himself, cost his teammates, and cost the University. Everyone is accountable for their actions, whether it be Coach Weis, Coach Self, the AD, the President of the University, me, or you, Mr. Martin. Sometimes lessons in life are hard to learn. My hope is that you learn from this poor choice.


Clarence Haynes 10 months, 3 weeks ago

This young man needs help and it is best that he leaves Lawrence to get the help and care that he needs!


JHWKDW 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I know innocent till proven guilty,im not convicting him here, but people this is why character counts. Look I am not saying you got to have a Turner Gill kinda guy, or a Tim Tebow pray all the time guy, but folks this is why I am concerned with the guy we got from Ohio.This is waht im talking about. Now instead of talking about what this football team needs, now we have to try and defend the teams honor and reputation.

There is a difference between acts of juvenile mischief, and serious crimes like this one.I hope people realize this is what I wanted to avoid.It is not I wanted squeaky clean perfect people, there is no person like that, but want to avoid this


CrystalJones 10 months, 3 weeks ago

We haven't won a Big 12 game in years. That's even more embarrassing than Martin's antics.

Just get him through the legal stuff this summer, spend a little time in jail, do some community service, and get him back on the field. We can't afford to let a talent like this go to waste. He'll play in the NFL someday, prison or not. In the meantime, let's just do whatever it takes to win.

We've got a potentially great offense. Martin will go a long way towards a great D. If it all comes together, we could be the surprise of the conference this year. I know he's trouble with a capital T, but just get him on the field. Just win.



Katy Shaflestad 10 months, 3 weeks ago

He was with Joshua Edwards of Lawrence. That's all that needed to be said. That's not a person you want to be associated with.


Jim Jackson 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I still think it is premature to adjudicate Martin. He has not yet been convicted and further to that, who are the people who called the people to report him? Guys selling weed?

I'd like to know further details but that being said, I cannot he put himself in this position.

I am incredulous.


texashawk10 10 months, 3 weeks ago

At least the Julie Hermann story isn't going away anytime soon and this is already off the main CFB pages at ESPN and CBS so I don't very many people outside of KU are paying that much attention to this.


Jason Keller 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I think I'll go watch more videos of Andrew Wiggins.


Jerry Long 10 months, 3 weeks ago

cjp - have to disagree with you. A 21-year-old is not a kid. He can legally vote, serve in the armed forces, sign a contract, and buy a drink at the local bar. Now, I am going to turn around and agree with you. Not ALL 21-year-olds are adults. Some are indeed kids and no more mature than my 11-year-old grandson. The point is, I really have a problem with having my alma mater represented by a person who invades a home, possibly kidnaps another human being, and waves a gun around to steal cash and weed. I was hoping that Coach Self would give Rio Adams another chance, but I see this as a whole different ball game (no pun intended). Rio was immature; a kid. If Mr. Martin is found guilty, he is dangerous, and an idiot. Therein, in my humble opinion, lies the difference.


ljmhawk 10 months, 3 weeks ago

looks like he will be playing for Leavenworth


BayPark 10 months, 3 weeks ago

He'll be kicked out of school, but the damage is done. When you take players with character issues, this is what you get. That whole bit about how Weis vets these guys so thoroughly is hogwash. He just wants to win--period. If they can play, they can play for KU. But it's not worth it to the university we love. I tried to make this point a few days ago and was hammered for it. Who disagrees with me now?


Hurinfan 10 months, 3 weeks ago

How often do I have to read about our athletes doing illegal stuff or people in our athletic department doing something illegal?


John Fitzgerald 10 months, 3 weeks ago

And that settles it ... Chris Martin, although the idea of you was great, you sir shall hit the road. Maybe leavenworth is a better fit for you. Good luck in your future and I pray none of the other recruits are as stupid as you.


David Leathers 10 months, 3 weeks ago

"He's going to be doing everything he can to stay here and continue his career at the university," Joseph said. "He's not going anywhere."

He may not leave Lawrence until the case is over, or his jail-time is served, but he's a goner. He hasn't been convicted yet, but this is already casting a negative light over the whole program. Hopefully Weis visits him in jail before he posts bond and kindly asks him to never step foot on campus again. Then again, Weis is out of town recruiting kids that actually matter.


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