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Suspect in North Ridgeville shooting seeks reduced bond


    Christian Martinez is led into Elyria Municipal Court in January. Martinez is accused in the shooting of Jacqueline Dienes in North Ridgeville on Jan. 4.



ELYRIA — A Lorain man indicted on charges of attempted aggravated murder in connection with a January shooting of a woman on Bender Road in North Ridgeville wants a lower, more affordable bond.

In a handwritten letter to county Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi, Christian Martinez asked to have his $3 million bond reduced so he can be with his family while preparing for trial. Martinez said he has a strong support system in Lorain, including a woman he wants to marry.

A bond of between $250,000 and $500,000 would be more affordable and allow him possibly to get out of Lorain County Jail.

Martinez, 20, of 22nd Street, and Jonathan Barnett, 21, of 19th Street, each are facing charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault.

Police said Martinez shot Jacqueline Dienes, 54, of Avon, at least five times, including one shot that struck her in the throat, on Jan. 4. Dienes was on her lunch break from her temporary job at Invacare and was smoking a cigarette in her vehicle at the time of the shooting, police have said.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said his office will respond to the motion that was submitted pro se, which means without legal counsel. Will said the motion raises the issue of hybrid representation as he cannot represent himself and have legal counsel.

Martinez’s attorney is Michael Stepanik.

Regardless, Will said his office will respond to the motion and object to any bond reduction or change in the case.

Barnett is in jail with a $100,000 bond. His attorney also filed last month for a bond reduction, but Miraldi denied it.

Police don’t believe there was a connection between Dienes and Martinez, and that the shooting was random.

Martinez and Barnett were on their lunch break from Multilink, with Barnette driving an SUV borrowed from a co-worker with a plan to smoke marijuana, police said. The two didn’t have a lighter, so Martinez told Barnette to pull over so he could ask Dienes for one.

Barnett told police he wasn’t paying attention to what Martinez was doing, heard some sounds that sounded like “crunching snow” and then Martinez returned to the Jeep about 20 seconds later stating, “I just shot them.”

Will has said that although both Martinez and Barnett are facing the same charges, Burnett is considered to be complicit or a conspirator.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 440-329-7121 or Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

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