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Current, former KU football players among three arrested in connection with home invasion

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

May 29, 2013, 5:44 p.m. Updated May 29, 2013, 7:40 p.m.


Three men, including a Kansas University football player, were arrested today in connection with a May 13 armed robbery in the 1900 block of Camelback Drive.

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Junior Christopher Stefaun Martin, 21, of Oakland, Calif.; former Kansas player Jeremiah Letrell Edwards, 21, of Garland, Texas; and Joshua Edwards, 28, of Lawrence, were arrested on suspicion of robbing cash and marijuana from victims at gunpoint at a home on Camelback Drive about 10:30 p.m. on May 13, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

Martin, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive lineman and Denver native who played at Florida in 2011, transferred to Kansas this year as a four-star prospect from City College of San Francisco. He held a five-star rating coming out of Grandview High in Aurora, Colo., in 2010. He was the 16th junior-college standout this year to pick Kansas.

Martin has been in trouble with the law before. He was cited for marijuana possession while playing at the University of Florida in 2011. He transferred from the school later that year.

Martin came to Kansas to reunite with Kansas football coach Charlie Weis, whom he originally committed to out of high school when Weis was still the head coach at Notre Dame. Their past connection, coupled with Weis' willingness to give talented players a second chance while trying to turn KU football around, made the reunion a good match. Upon first stepping foot on KU's campus, Martin talked about using his latest opportunity to set the record straight about both his abilities as a football player and his character.

"I had a taste of success and ended up letting immature decisions lead me down the wrong path," Martin told the Journal-World in February. "And that's been the biggest thing, taking those mistakes and turning them into positives so when I step foot here we can go down the right path.”

The three men arrested today were booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and kidnapping. The information has been forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for consideration, McKinley said, and the investigation is ongoing.

Weis said the team and athletics officials are aware of the arrests and gathering more facts.

"The behavior described in these charges is not acceptable at the University of Kansas," Weis said in a statement. "When we are confident that we have enough information, we will act appropriately."


Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years ago

Move along, nothing to see here, move along.

walleyefishn 5 years ago

Some kids dream of having talent of being a four star . You could of made it to the NFL .Now you have screwed your whole life .

Liberty275 5 years ago

It's sad to see a young man blow a promising future.

leftylucky 5 years ago

Maybe KU endowment can make this all go away.

KEITHMILES05 5 years ago

When they sign with KU they also sign an "oath of office" to uphold whatever it is KU puts in writing. That way they are held accountable as they signed this document. Weis doesn't mess around. Martin will be discipline for sure.

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years ago

Well judging the way KU plays football, this guy was never going to make money playing football, so I guess he had to do something.

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Hitting Commissioner Bob Schumm's Alvamar neighborhood I see. First it was rowdy neighbors across the street aka students likely with too many "unrelated" types. Maybe too many cars as well.

And now this "other" activity. Guess they are following the money.

jaychalk 5 years ago

Matt, is there a link to the police report that you can post?

Shaun Hittle 5 years ago

It's not been posted yet, but we'll get that for subsequent stories.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

Frank A Janzen 5 years ago

Here's a comment from the KC Star: JoaquinSantiago • 2 hours ago − In other news, the entire KU football team was arrested, hauled into court and accused of being a Division 1 football team. However, there was not enough evidence to convict.

Robert Rauktis 5 years ago

Don't these guys know ya can grow your own stuff around Kansas? I guess that's asking intelligence of a thief. And some work ethic.

workinghard 5 years ago

So were the two Edwards related? Is the one from Lawrence part of the local Edwards clan?

wastewatcher 5 years ago

Notice how Coach Weiss remains aloof. He is the coach, how does he feel and what about his standards and values. We need to hear his personal codes of conduct for the football team, not KU's.

Richard Payton 5 years ago

Appears some players need rehab. The gateway drug never left Lawrence. The California connection must still thrive in Lawrence.

balancedscales 5 years ago

Thats because this war will never work. People will always create a competitive demand for something they want.

balancedscales 5 years ago

Anyone notice how often KU football players get caught for burglary and drug related activities in this town?

Maddy Griffin 5 years ago

..or father children they don't have to support because NCAA rules forbid them from holding jobs while in school.

Richard Benson 5 years ago

I, too, am confident that when Coach Weis has enough information, he will act appropriately. And I --for one-- am relieved that he is investigating before acting. Although --based upon this and other reports of the same incident-- Mr. Martin's life is suddenly bereft of its once abundant opportunities, there are reasons that we first have the trial, and only then the hanging.

This does sound like the archtypical "home invasion" -- some kids trying to take down a drug house.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

Since it is illegal to possess marijuana shouldn't the one who was robbed of it be arrested? Maybe they thought the robbery would not be reported because of this factor?

ChuckFInster 5 years ago

It's stuff like this that makes me glad I stopped watching football. Football is a business, a business I chose to boycott years ago as I refuse to support thugs on drugs.

Anthony Mall 5 years ago

Must be tough to live in a world where you characterize a all people of a sport by the careless choices of a few... Do you watch baseball, basketball, movies??? Movie stars get arrested all the time, baseball players as well, and basketball is hardly worthy of your obvious strong moral character! Let us know when you climb off your mountain of judgement!

Curveball 5 years ago

I would bet that drug dealers get robbed more often than normal law abiding citizens by far. And why not; that's where the money and drugs are. The "Victims" are less likely to report the incident than an honest citizen. For that matter, it may have be a neighbor of the dealers who reported it after hearing the ruckus and maybe seeing guns. What really bothers me is they may get the wrong address and kill, hurt or otherwise terrorize innocent people.

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