Defense requests a motion before start of trial Monday

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By Tris DeRoma

A key motion in a high-profile sexual assault trial was considered by Los Alamos District Court Judge Jennifer Attrep Monday, just a few moments before the trial was set to begin.
The motion was about the accused, with the defense wanting to question the alleged victim about recent alleged accusations of sexual assault she or others made on her behalf that occurred before the court case, as well as physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother when she was younger.
The jurors were not present during arguments regarding the motion.
The victim is accusing Los Alamos resident Carlos Martinez of coercing her to have sex with him while they were working the same overnight shift together at the Chevron gas station on Trinity Drive one night in March 2013.
The gas station is located almost directly across the street from the Los Alamos police station.
Martinez was eventually arrested and charged with kidnapping and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual penetration, those coming several days after the incident occurred.
Public Defender Paul Branch centered the motion around a key moment in the incident, where the victim told police she froze up and went to the station’s bathroom to vomit during the incident.

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