Lawrence and Douglas County

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

August 12, 2013


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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.


BringBackMark 4 years, 9 months 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.

nominalize 4 years, 9 months ago

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

Dusty Murphy 4 years, 9 months 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.

Richard Payton 4 years, 9 months 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.

landon_alger 4 years, 9 months ago

That might be true if he was charged in federal court. But this is state court. And the Republicans legislature here already expanded the drug grid to reduce sentencing. Or maybe you didn't realize there was a problem with overcrowding on nonviolent offenses in Kansas. Or that Holder is following the trends set by the States.

leaningleftist 4 years, 9 months ago

His plan is for non violent offenders, which this is clearly a violent case. This also I don't believe is a federal case, I don't see why you bring up holders plan into a matter that is clearly local. Please if you are going to rant at least stay on topic and do a double check on facts

Nikonman 4 years, 9 months 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?

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