Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Former KU wide receiver Omigie arrested in robbery case that ensnared Chris Martin

August 12, 2013


Kansas receiver Chris Omigie pulls in a pass during warmups prior to kickoff against Colorado, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Kivisto Field.

Kansas receiver Chris Omigie pulls in a pass during warmups prior to kickoff against Colorado, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Kivisto Field.

Another former Kansas University football player is facing charges in a robbery case that already ensnared Chris Martin, a once-touted defensive end, and two others, in May.

Chris Omigie, a former wide receiver from Arlington, Texas, was arrested today in Johnson County on suspicion of aggravated robbery in connection with a May home invasion in southwest Lawrence.

He was the fourth person to be arrested as Lawrence police investigated a May 13 robbery of cash and marijuana at gunpoint from a man at a home in the 1900 block of Camelback Drive. Also charged in the case were Jeremiah Letrell Edwards, 21, of Garland, Texas; Joshua Edwards, 28, of Lawrence; and Martin, 21, of Oakland, Calif.

Omigie's arrest comes after cases have moved forward against Martin and the other defendants. Martin is scheduled for trial on one count of aggravated robbery on Nov. 25. Joshua Edwards pleaded no contest in June to one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and Jeremiah Edwards is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday.

Omigie will face charges in Douglas County District Court, but his first appearance there has not yet been scheduled, according to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. He was released from Johnson County Detention Center today on a $30,000 bond.

Omigie played as a junior for the Kansas football team last year. He previously ran into legal trouble with a DUI arrest here in 2011. He is not listed on the team's roster this year.


Nikonman 8 months, 1 week ago

A little offf the subject, but did you ever notice that in Federal Court, the fines handed down are so much higher than what a State Court would hand out. 100 to 300K fines are not uncommon. and it's not just for drug dealers. Do the Federal Judges actually think most people have that kind of money available. If they can't pay the fines, do they have their earnings garnished after they get out?


Richard Payton 8 months, 1 week ago

Might not serve as much time if Attorney General Eric Holder gets new drug sentencing plan in place, if found guilty of any alleged crimes.


Dusty 8 months, 1 week ago

My guess is they thought their being on the team, along with robbing someone of drugs would keep the person from calling the cops. That didn't work, obviously.


nominalize 8 months, 1 week ago

All that for some cash and pot? I guess that shows the football team isn't just given these things...


Edward Coan 8 months, 1 week ago

Tell me a football program that doesn't have off the field problems and Weis didn't recruit Omigie. And Weis believes in giving a player a second chance but they're gone if they don't meet his requirements as was the case with Martin.


consumer1 8 months, 1 week ago

I am wondering just how much KU athletics knew about the folks they were bringing to Ks, That makes me wonder, was there a conversation when hiring Charlie Weis about the ilk of the characters he was bringing in? Was it a "Do what ever it takes to make this program a success" conversation (on the down low)? This makes me wonder just who the financial backers are to this football program and to what degree are they willing togo to protect their investment. Does that mean bringing in players who have talent, but cannot control themselves in a social environment. Is bringing a winning team to the University worth more than the image of this University? Is KU Trying to become MU? Win at any cost?


Terry Lee 8 months, 1 week ago

Good riddance! We don't need idjets on this team.


BringBackMark 8 months, 1 week ago

Wow, the door just keeps on revolving. What a shame to be a tall, fast, receiver with tons of potential and waste it away. Apparently Weis knew this was coming down if the kid was no longer on the roster.


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