Former 5-star DE arrested for armed robbery in connection with home invasion

Former 5-star DE arrested for armed robbery in connection with home invasion

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hris Martin, a projected starting linebacker for Kansas, was one of there men arrested Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery and home invasion that took place earlier this month.

Journeyman Chris Martin was expected to start for Kansas this fall.

Journeyman Chris Martin was expected to start for Kansas this fall.

Martin was arrested along with former KU player Jeremiah Edwards, and Joshua Edwards, 28, of Lawrence. The three are suspected of robbing cash and marijuana from victims at gunpoint during a home invasion on May 13, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

They were booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and kidnapping. The case is being reviewed by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office an investigation is ongoing.

Edwards, a defensive tackle from Garland, Texas, signed with the Jayhawks in 2010. He gave up football that spring after due to a heart condition.

Martin signed with Kansas in December and was a mid-year enrollee. He went through spring ball with the Jayhawks and was expected to start at the “Buck” linebacker position.

His future with team is very much up in the air at this point.

“We are gathering facts right now,” Kansas athletics spokesman Jim Marchiony said.

Martin’s road to KU was long and bumpy.

An Oakland, Calif. native, he played high school ball at Grandview High in Aurora, Colo. He was 5-star defensive end in the 2010 class, and originally committed to Notre Dame but changed his mind after Charlie Weis was fired and signed with Cal.

In July of that year, Martin announced that he was transferring to Florida to get away from his Bay Area hometown.

After a redshirt year at Florida, Martin and Gators coach Will Muschamp agreed that it might be best for him to continue his career elsewhere, and he was on the move again.

Martin landed at Navarro (Texas) Junior College, appearing in two games during the 2011 season before it was again time for a new school. In 2012, he played for City College of San Francisco, where he totaled 65 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Photo credit: Jeff Jacobsen /Kansas Athletics

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