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A 19-year-old awaiting trial in connection to a rollover crash appeared in court Friday on charges that he used a baseball bat to commit a robbery outside Skyview High School in June 2013 and intended to sell more than 100 grams of marijuana.

Appearing before District Judge Ingrid Gustafson, Darien Cordell Martin pleaded not guilty to felony charges of robbery, with a weapons enhancement, and drug possession with the intent to distribute.

According to charging documents, Martin smashed out the driver’s side window from the alleged victim’s car at Skyview, pulled the person from vehicle and hit him in the stomach with a baseball bat.

Court records do not indicate the alleged victim’s age or if he was a student at the school. He reported that his duffel bag, some clothing, an iPad Mini tablet and vehicle keys were stolen.

Police found Martin’s car and after searching it reported finding a baseball bat, an orange mask, clothes, latex gloves, Martin’s identification and about 111 grams of marijuana divided into several baggies.

Martin is scheduled to go to trial June 23 in another case in which prosecutors allege he caused an injury crash last July after he huffed dust cleaner and passed out behind the wheel at a busy intersection in Billings.

In that case, Martin has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges: six felony counts of criminal endangerment and one felony and three misdemeanor counts of negligent vehicular assault.

Martin was driving a Toyota Corolla with four minor passengers when he passed out from the dust cleaner, according to charging documents. The car crossed multiple lanes of traffic, went over the landscaping in front of a business at the intersection of 24th Street West and Grand Avenue and hit another vehicle stopped at a light, prosecutors said.

The driver and five children who were passengers in the other vehicle were uninjured, the documents state, but one of the teens in the car Martin was driving was seriously injured.

Martin, who remains free from jail after posting bond, also faces a July 1 probation violation hearing in a case from 2012.



City news reporter for the Billings Gazette