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BLOOMINGTON — A man accused of raping a woman and possessing child pornography has given up his two-year stint serving as his own lawyer and hired an attorney to represent him.

Jeffrey Martin, 54, of Normal, is charged with 13 counts of possession of child pornography related to images found on a computer purchased by the alleged victim of sexual assault by Martin. Attorney Michael Nichols accompanied Martin to a hearing Wednesday on the state's request to delay Martin's March 11 jury trial.

Martin has hired and dismissed a series of private and court-appointed lawyers since he was charged in 2016 with aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery of an elderly woman with whom he lived for about a year.

According to police, the woman hired Martin in 2014 to work on her computer and allowed him to stay temporarily because he had nowhere to go. The woman estimated financial losses of over $40,000 for lawyers she paid to assist Martin on unrelated aggravated battery charges and thousands in credit card bills tied to his purchases.

Assistant State's Attorney Erika Reynolds requested a delay in Martin's trial because a police officer needed as a witness is unavailable next week.

Nichols said the additional time will allow Martin to obtain legal paperwork from the Shawnee Correctional Center where he was housed before being moved to the prison in Pontiac. Martin is serving seven years for aggravated battery of a retail worker.

In Martin's case, the state has chosen to move forward first with the child pornography case. The elderly woman is expected to be a witness in both cases.


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Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.