Attempted murder suspect's trial set
A Red Bluff man accused of shooting a fleeing man at the Corning truck stop intersection will be going to trial on Feb. 24.
The trial date for Michael Rene Martinez, charged with the attempted murder of Timothy Martin, 44, of Proberta, was set in Tehama County Superior Court on Monday.
Martinez entered a not guilty plea to attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with a firearm, false imprisonment by violence, and criminal threats, on Oct. 7, 2008. He is being represented by public defender Ron McIver.
Martinez was arrested on Sept. 26, 2008 by the Corning police for the shooting, which occurred shortly before 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of South Avenue and Highway 99W.
When police arrived, they located Martin lying on the ground with gunshot wounds to his lower extremities.
During the investigation, police determined Martin had gotten into a verbal altercation with Martinez over the theft of medicinal marijuana while the two were in a vehicle at the intersection, police reports state.
Police said Martinez removed a small-caliber handgun and shot Martin three times as he was trying to leave the vehicle. Martin was shot in the left calf and both inner thighs.
Another round struck the front windshield of a tractor-trailer behind Martinez's car, according to police. The truck driver was not injured.
Det. Mel Allison said Martinez had filed a police report with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office stating his medicinal marijuana had been stolen about one week before the shooting.
"Martinez suspected Martin was one of the parties involved in stealing the marijuana," said Allison. "He lured Martin into his vehicle under false pretenses. An argument ensued which ended with shots being fired."
Martinez remains in custody at the Tehama County Jail on $1.05 million bail.
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