Police have confirmed that James Martin’s knife and gun assault on his wife were preceded by her plans to leave him for her lesbian lover.
According to authorities, the couple have been experiencing marital problems for some time. Several days before the attack, Christy had been staying outside of the house in a hotel. When she returned home last Wednesday (November 24), she informed her husband that she was leaving him for a woman residing in St. Augustine, Florida. James Martin left the bedroom and returned with a knife and gun. Christy Martin would suffer several knife lacerations and a gunshot wound on her left leg and torso.
In her police statement, Sherry stated she had known Christy Martin for a long time before they recently became a couple. James Martin discoverd the affair in the last month, and allegedly began sending threatening voicemails to his wife. As the manager and trainer of wife’s career, he vowed to ruin her with incriminating videos and comments to boxing sites and other colleagues. These threats were preceded by Christy Martin spending several nights in November with Sherry.
At press time, Christy Martin has not publicly commented on the police report. She and her husband are recovering from their injuries at Orland Regional Medical Center. James Martin received a self-inflicted stab to the stomach before being arrested earlier this week.
The entire police report can read via TMZ HERE.
Well, we know the gossip sites will eat this up now. Already, people have been hitting me with that old Chris Rock gag about someone killing a cheating wife (“Not saying I condone it…but I understand”). So the question becomes did Christy Martin deserve what happened to her?
Emphatically, no. Is marital infidelity a gross violation of the legal and spiritual commitment of marriage? Definitely. But that’s what the courts are for, and not firearms and knives. In James Martin’s case, he would stand to receive a lot in a divorce, being that he served as his wife’s manage, trainer, publicist etc. for the last 20 years. Now, at 66 years old, he stands to spend the rest of his life in prison.
I’m sure his attorney will go for the “crime of passion” defense. But there’s several holes with that. For one, if Christy’s side is to be believed, he’s known about the affair for at least the last month, so he wasn’t technically blindsided, like coming home and catching a cheating spouse. Second, even if he didn’t see the divorce coming, his actions after attacking her were a deliberate, conscious attempt to evade the law and his crime.
Christy Martin’s is no saint in this sad situation, but it still doesn’t justify almost losing her life, as it didn’t when NFL quarterback Steve McNair was murdered by his mistress (a development I’ve witnessed some people pathetically say he deserved).
So what have we learned from all this? Don’t marry a man if you’re a lesbian. Don’t cheat. And finally, trying to kill your spouse is not the best way to handle pending divorce proceedings.