Lawrence and Douglas County

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

May 30, 2013


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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.


Scott Kaiser 4 years, 12 months 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."

Once his atheletic scholarship is pulled, how will he continue to pay for classes, books, etc? From a jail cell?

Maracas 4 years, 12 months 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."

Good luck with that.

BringBackMark 4 years, 12 months ago

So what is the superb job? So far we've had a boat load of transfers that have not panned out. He has no clue how to develop talent. Is it just his name?.....

Haiku_Cuckoo 4 years, 12 months ago

Superb?? His coaching record is worse than Turner Gill's.

patkindle 4 years, 12 months ago

If he just beat up a drug dealer and robbed him I am not sure what the fuss is about

jhawkinsf 4 years, 12 months ago

Time for "KU football player Chris Martin" to become "former KU football player Chris Martin".

Clickker 4 years, 12 months ago

It's possible he may be innocent. Innocent til proven guilty in this country. After all, these are drug dealers that are accusing him of armed robbery. Maybe they were playing on his status of an athlete and were trying to shake him down....maybe they just wanted more $ than the agreed upon price....who knows, it was just a little weed anyways. Let Charlie and co work this out, and lets not crucify the young man.

Jeremiah Jefferson 4 years, 12 months ago

Aside from this guy being a hood rat, What has Charlie Weis done? What has he done at KU, what did he do at Notre Dame? Before anyone screams New England patriots, keep in mind that Tom Brady, Bill Belicheck and countless other great players made those teams. Even after Weis left they have continued to win and may have even gotten better.

bad_dog 4 years, 11 months ago

Don't forget Cassel went to the Pro Bowl using Weis' offensive scheme. What did Cassel do after Charlie left?

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