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Man accused of kidnapping, rape pleads not guilty

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Posted: Mar 18, 2011 1:06 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: kidnapping, rape, Allen Lee Martin, 21st Judicial District Court, Albany, Charlotte Suir, grand jury, state trooper, Ponchatoula, Livingston Parish Detention Center, Warden Jim Brown, Tickfaw, Trooper Brett Dupre, Livingston Parish, Sheriff Willie Graves, WBRZ

LIVINGSTON, La. - Allen Lee Martin pleaded not guilty Thursday in 21st Judicial District Court to kidnapping, raping and robbing an Albany woman in February, the District Attorney's Office
reported.

Assistant District Attorney Charlotte Suir said a grand jury indicted Martin on March 10 on charges of aggravated rape,aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated burglary in an
attack that ended when a state trooper pulled over the sport utility vehicle carrying Martin and the victim.

Martin, 24, of Ponchatoula, entered his plea in front of District Judge Robert H. Morrison III, Suir said.

After entering his plea, Martin was returned to the Livingston Parish Detention Center, where he was held on $430,000 bail, Warden Jim Brown said.

Martin was stopped in Tickfaw on Feb. 13 by Trooper Brett Dupre, who noticed the sport utility vehicle Martin was driving had a broken taillight, Dupre said in February.

During the stop, the victim got out of the car and approached Dupre to tell him that she had been raped, Dupre said.

Martin broke into the woman's apartment while she was in the shower, Livingston Parish Sheriff Willie Graves said at a news conference announcing the arrest.

Martin raped her several times before taking a gun from the woman and forcing her to get into her car, Graves said.

He then forced her to withdraw cash from an ATM, Graves said.

Graves and State Police Colonel Michael Edmonson lauded Dupre as a hero for detaining Martin long enough to allow sheriff's deputies to arrive.

"We have reason to believe that he would have killed her," Graves said.

Martin will be in court April 11 for a hearing, Suir said.

The 21st Judicial District is comprised of Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.

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