Boxer hires celebrity attorney Allred

Associated Press
FILE - This is a May 16, 2005, file photo showing boxer Christy Martin during a news conference in Las Vegas. Martin,  who police say was attacked by her husband last month in Orlando,  has hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.  Allred planned Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010,  to accompany Christy Martin to court where her husband, James Martin, was scheduled to have a bond hearing. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

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FILE - This is a May 16, 2005, file photo showing boxer Christy Martin during a news conference in Las …

The husband of former women's boxing champion Christy Martin was denied bail Wednesday after a judge concluded he had started a bedroom fight that prosecutors say left his wife with stab wounds in her chest, a knife gash in her leg and bullet shrapnel lodged in her back.

Circuit Judge Thomas Mihok ordered James Martin to remain in jail until his trial on attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges in May. He has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

After the bond hearing, Christy Martin's newly hired lawyer, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, said her 42-year-old client "will sleep better tonight knowing that he will continue to be in custody."

Christy Martin said in a statement she read out loud after the hearing that she was determined to continue with her career, despite what happened.

"I am a fighter and I love boxing," Christy Martin said. "A fighter has to have a strong fighting spirit and I still have mine."

Prosecutor Ryan Vescio told the judge that during the hourlong fight last month at their home in an Orlando suburb, James Martin stabbed his wife in the chest, sliced her in the leg, shot her in the back, pistol-whipped her and smashed her head into a dresser.

Christy Martin had made clear to James Martin that she wanted to end their marriage for another woman, and days before the attack he had told her, "If I can't have you, no else is going to," Vescio said.

The prosecutor also said James Martin had stalked his wife and a woman she was with in the days before the fight and that he had hidden out in a neighbor's shed for almost a week after the attack.

"The defendant could not accept the fact that his wife was moving on," Vescio said.

James Martin's attorneys said he acted in self-defense and that there was no physical evidence yet to conclude exactly what had happened in their bedroom. The 67-year-old Martin injured his hand during the fight and wore bandages on his arm which was held in a sling during the hearing.

"To date, the court can not determine .... who was the aggressor ... and who was acting in self-defense," said defense attorney Doricia Miller Rivas.

The Los Angeles-based Allred has represented everyone from Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses to the family of O.J. Simpson's slain ex-wife, often championing women's causes. She decided to represent Christy Martin, she said, because the boxer "is a role model of strength and courage for other women."

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