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Carjacker who was shot by police pleads no contest to 13 charges

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 12:38 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 8:15 p.m.

A carjacker who was shot by police in March after a chase and a car wreck involving a detective pleaded no contest Tuesday to 13 charges, including five counts of aggravated robbery and three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Michael Lee Martinez, 30, was scheduled to stand trial on the charges this week but changed his not guilty plea after a jury had been selected.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Amyx said during his plea hearing that Martinez went on a 12-day crime spree that began on March 18 when he stole a .45-caliber handgun from a nephew.

He then used the gun to carjack a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer in the 9100 block of Corporate Hills Drive on March 24, a 2001 Mercedes in the 300 block of North Rock Road on March 26, a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer at Town East Square on March 28 and a 1996 Saturn at the Dillons store at 9450 E. Harry on March 29. He also robbed a bakery in the 5700 block of East Lincoln on March 28, Amyx said.

Amyx said that before the afternoon of the last carjacking, Wichita police had saturated the area with uniformed and plain-clothes officers, one of whom saw Martinez driving the stolen Saturn in the 1000 block of South Governeour. The officer chased the Saturn to nearby Cottonwood Park and rammed it with his police car, prompting Martinez to run into a wooded area.

Police said Martinez was shot in the right wrist and suffered a superficial wound to his abdomen after pointing the gun at police three officers.

He will be sentenced Dec. 4.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hlaviana.

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