A preliminary hearing and arraignment are continued for a Grafton man
charged with three counts of gross sexual imposition.
The charges against Jose M. Martinez are each punishable to a maximum
of life in prison without parole.
Martinez's preliminary hearing and arraignment were to have been Monday
afternoon in Northeast District Court in Grafton. But Martinez's attorney,
Clint Morganstern, of Grand Forks requested more specific information about the
allegations. Morganstern says the accounts are "very vague." He says the documents
focus on a four-day period in which this allegedly happened. Timing's crucial and he
needs it. He'd like to see a specific time, date, and location of the charges.
Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan told Judge Richard Geiger the alleged
gross sexual imposition occurred when the alleged victim was eight-years old and was
babysat at Martinez's house.
Geiger said he has to make an informed decision and still needs the
prosecution's written response to decide within the rules.
So more paperwork will be filed. Martinez's preliminary hearing and
arraignment will be rescheduled.
Martinez remains in the Walsh County Jail in Grafton on a 75-thousand-dollar
cash or surety bond with multiple conditions.