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BLOOMINGTON — The trial scheduled to begin next week for a Normal man who is representing himself on child pornography charges has been postponed to March 12.

The state did not object to Jeffrey Martin's request to delay his Dec. 3 jury trial on charges alleging he possessed illegal images on a computer. Police found the alleged child pornography during a January 2016 search of a computer located in the home of a woman who had accused Martin of sexual assault.

During a two-hour hearing Thursday, Martin continued the same pattern of conduct exhibited in previous hearings before Judge Scott Drazewski. The judge halted Martin's long rambling statements several times in an effort to steer the defendant back to his motion to continue the trial.

"I want you to tell me something that makes sense," Drazewski told Martin after a lengthy monologue sprinkled with legal terms that produced nonsensical results.

"I object to your opinion," Martin responded to the judge.

Assistant State's Attorney Erika Reynolds did not object to the trial delay. The prosecutor said an unexpected decision Thursday morning by Sydney Mays to represent himself on murder charges and request a January trial date will impact the prosecutor's workload in the coming weeks. 

Martin complained that he has had serious difficulty getting access to his legal material in the Illinois Department of Corrections where he is serving a sentence for aggravated battery. 

If the judge allows Martin to extend a deadline for filing more pretrial motions, the judge can expect a request for additional time to hire a forensic expert to examine the hard drive on the computer containing the allegedly illegal material. An examination by police produced insufficient information, Martin argued.

A trial date has not been set for Martin on rape charges accusing him of sexually assaulting the woman with whom he lived for more than a year. Martin claims the two were involved in a dating relationship; the alleged victim told police she was physically and sexually abused by Martin after she allowed him to stay with her. 

The two met when he performed work on electronics at her home.  


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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.