Charlevoix Man Charged with Attempted Murder

This morning, Steve A. Martin, 63, of Charlevoix, was charged with Assault with Intent to Murder and Assaulting, Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer in connection with an incident that occurred in Charlevoix County on October 21, 2016.

According to an affidavit filed in the matter, at approximately 7:35 p.m. Deputy Nathan Kaminski initiated a traffic stop on another vehicle in Hayes Township. Martin arrived at the scene in his truck, a 1998 Chevrolet.

The suspect in the traffic stop resisted and struggled with Kaminski and another officer at the scene. Kaminski used his taser on the subject at which time, Martin “floored it” in his truck, according to an eyewitness at the scene, drove in the direction of the officers “really quick” and “almost hit the male officer.”

Kaminski fired three times at the vehicle, striking Martin, who stopped the vehicle immediately. According to the eyewitness, the officer fired “in self-defense.”

Martin was twice convicted previously of attempted resisting and obstructing police officers, both in the 90th District Court in Charlevoix.

Assault with intent to murder is a felony carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison. Assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer is a felony with a maximum of two years in prison. Due to his two prior convictions of attempted felonies, Martin is subject to enhanced sentencing if convicted.

Martin was arrested this morning and will be arraigned in the 90th District Court at a date and time to be determined.

The charges against Martin are mere allegations at this point and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

“The information we received thus far gives probable cause to arrest Mr. Martin but the investigation by the Michigan State Police is continuing at this time,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said.

About Allen Telgenhof

Allen Telgenhof is the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney; he has been an attorney since 1989 and a high school baseball coach since 2005. Graduated from Clio High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Proud father of Ty, Ally, Will and Lou and husband to Erin.
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