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Judge Frees Joel Martin Pending Preliminary Hearing

on October 2, 2017 - 6:43am

Joel Martin arrives Thursday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Police Det. Matthew Lyon testifies during a pretrial detention hearing for Joel Martin Thursday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Joel Martin, 30, of Albuquerque, who is charged with the Aug. 25 aggravated assault on Los Alamos Police Cpl. Robert Larsen, was set free on conditions of release Thursday by First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

Martin was charged with aggravated fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving, accidents involving damage to vehicles, criminal damage to property and shoplifting more than $250 and less than $2,500. He and Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants, were arrested by LAPD shortly after they fled from Smith’s Marketplace in a stolen pickup and attempted to run down Cpl. Larsen. One shot was fired by Larsen, with no injuries, during the incident and the truck struck two cars and several mail boxes.

During a Dangerousness Hearing Aug. 31 before Judge Marlowe Sommer, Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist maintained that no condition of release will reasonably protect the safety of others and the community itself. At that hearing, Martin waived his right to have a Dangerousness Hearing within five days of his arrest and agreed to a 60-day limit because his public defender has just been appointed.

At Thursday’s hearing, LAPD Det. Matthew Lyon took the stand and testified in detail on his investigation of the case. In addition to Lyon’s testimony, Wahlquist asked the Court to take judicial notice of Martin’s prior convictions of felony larceny and felony receiving of stolen property.

Martin’s conditions of release include house arrest, an electronic monitoring bracelet and random urinalysis. He is scheduled for a preliminary examination Nov. 3 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Montano is slated for his preliminary examination Oct. 27 before Judge Casados.