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Report: Victim had jaw wired shut after being kicked in the face by Wyoming basketball player

 
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via Casper Star-Tribune:

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Meet Wyoming basketball player Luke Martinez. Martinez admitted to police for his involvment in a bar fight on December 30th in Laramie, Wyoming. Martinez was arrested on January 13 for aggravated battery and assault where police reports claim that he kicked a man in the face who now reportedly needs to have his jaw wired shut. Here is more from the report via the Wyoming Casper Star-Tribune.

LARAMIE — Wyoming men’s basketball star guard Luke Martinez admitted to causing serious bodily injury to the man he kicked in the face during a Dec. 30 fight outside of the Buckhorn Bar in downtown Laramie, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police arrested Martinez on one charge of aggravated battery and assault Jan. 13 for his involvement in multi-person fight that took place outside of the Buckhorn shortly after the Buckhorn’s closing time of 2:30 a.m. Martinez appeared in circuit court for arraignment Tuesday. An affidavit was made public soon after.

The affidavit cites three witnesses, all employees of the Buckhorn, who say Martinez kicked the victim in the face after Wyoming sophomore backup forward Derek Cooke Jr. knocked the victim out with a punch. It also cites the victim, who said it was possible that Martinez kicked him after Cooke knocked him unconscious. Police state that Martinez also “did verbally admit that he caused serious bodily injury to the victim knowingly or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life.” The affidavit of probable cause also states that UW junior reserve guard Nathan Sobey was at the scene of the Dec. 30 fight.

Laramie police officer Matthew Leibovitz initially investigated the incident, according to the report. He found a group of 10 individuals actively fighting and arguing. About 20 feet away, a male victim was motionless, “and appeared to be unconscious and bleeding from the mouth in the middle of the roadway,” according to the report.


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