LOGAN — A Logan woman who was arrested last October after she allegedly led authorities on a vehicle chase in a stolen pickup truck has been released on a recognizance bond, after her attorney successfully argued for reducing her bond from $10,000 cash or surety.
In asking for reduced bond for Holly Martin, 36, attorney Dorian Keith Baum contended that if Martin did commit any crimes, it was probably as a result of a mental health crisis that is now under control.
Martin is facing charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle with a firearm specification; failure to comply with a police officer’s order or signal, also with a firearm specification; burglary; and attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle. She is alleged to have stolen a truck from a Falls Township residence, then led law enforcement – including officers from the Logan Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Hocking County Sheriff’s Office – on a chase through Logan and along county roads. When officers finally caught her, they allegedly found she had a loaded rifle in her possession.
Martin had already been ordered in December by Hocking County Common Pleas Judge John T. Wallace to undergo an evaluation to determine whether she’s psychologically competent to stand trial. Under Ohio law, to be competent for trial requires that a defendant be capable of understanding the nature of the trial proceedings and of assisting in their own legal defense.
In a motion submitted the day before that order was filed, defense attorney Baum asked the judge to free Martin on recognizance – essentially a promise to show up in court when required to. Baum wrote that he has received information suggesting that at the time of Martin’s alleged crimes, she was probably “suffering from a mental health crisis that very likely impacted her behavior… in general, and specifically her behavior before this court at the time she was arraigned.”
Baum reported that he has spoken with Martin’s caseworker from Integrated Services for Behavioral Health, a social services organization, who has told him that the offenses Martin is charged with are “completely out of character” for her, and if she turns out to have committed them, this “very well may have been as a result of her severe mental break.”
Baum noted that in addition to filing a motion requesting a competency evaluation, he has also given the court notice that Martin may use the defense of not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI).
He added that since being incarcerated in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville, Martin “has been properly medicated and there have been no known issues” with her behavior.
In a judgment entry filed Jan. 29 Wallace overruled Baum’s motion to modify bond, but stated in the order that he would be willing to reconsider if Martin could provide the court with a good residence address.
The Hocking County prosecutor’s office responded to the defense’s bond motion on Feb. 2, arguing that despite her being under treatment and medication, “there is reason to believe that (Martin) is currently a danger to herself or to others.” Noting that the state would not object to Martin’s being transferred from jail to a mental health facility, the prosecutor asks Wallace to deny the requested bond modification.
Baum re-filed his motion to modify bond on Feb. 4, however, and five days later the judge granted it. Wallace allowed Martin to be released on a $10,000 recognizance bond – meaning she needs to put up no money, but is liable for that amount if she violates her bond.
Wallace granted the new bond with conditions that Martin continue to take her prescribed medications and to stay at an apartment in Athens where she resides.