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West Seattle Herald Friday, August 5, 201 t "7 Roxhill Park murder defendant enters guilty plea Defendant pleads guilty to sec- ond- degree murder, 11 year sen- tence is recommended by King County prosecutors By Ty Swenson The defendant in 40-year-old Bernard Mar- tin's murder at West Seattle's Roxhill Park on Sept. 21, 2010 has pleaded guilty to second- degree murder. 21-year-old Chatri Thip entered his guilty plea on July 20 after initially pleading not guilty in October 2010. His sentencing is scheduled for September 23 and King Coun- ty Prosecutors have recommended the lower range of sentencing at 134 months - just over 11 years in prison. According to court documents, Thip and his associates were drinking alcohol stolen from the Roxbury Safeway at Roxhill Park when Martin approached the group of strangers and asked for a beer. Thip told police he punched Martin, knocking him down. He proceeded to jump repeatedly from a small wall onto Martin's torso, and then repeatedly slammed a shopping cart into his midsection. Autopsy results show Martin died from blunt force trau- ma causing massive rib fractures that stopped his breathing. What follows is the transcript from Thip's acknowledgement of his crime (broken down into paragraphs for clarity): On September 21, 2010, I spent time with some individuals that I knew from the neighborhood. Two of the individuals present were half-broth- ers. I had a romantic relationship with their sis- ter and she became pregnant. Her brothers were angry with me as a result of my impregnating their sister and they assaulted me on the night of September 21, 2010. All individuals present that evening were unit- ed in their relationships either through gang affiliation, familial ties, or romantic partners of the individuals that assaulted me. Because I was outnumbered and in a hostile atmosphere, I believe this became an aggression-laden environ- ment. While committing and attempting ... (the assault upon Martin) I did together with another cause the death on or about September 21, 2010 ... of Bernard Ray Martin, a human being, who was not a participant in the crime. Mr. Martin did nothing to provoke the assault. Nevertheless, I believe I committed this crime under duress, coercion, threat or compulsion from the individu- als I was associating with at the park. I acknowledge that duress, coercion, threat or compulsion is not a defense to a homicide charge ... but I believe those factors significantly affected my conduct. I committed the crime of murder in the sec- ond degree during a period of time intervening between September 21, 2010 through September 22, 2010 in King County, Wa. Ty Swenson can be reached at policeblotter@ r0binsonnews.com Seattle Police investigate the scene of Bernard Martin's murder at Rox- hill Park in West Seattle on September 21, 2010. 21-year-old Chatrie Thip pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case on July 20. Steve Shay KIWANIS SUPPORTIVE, AGAIN. The West Seattle Can- didate's Forum was held at the Brockey Student Center at South Seattle Community College July 28. Event sponsors were West Seattle Kiwanis, The VIEWS group and neigh- borhood councils. L-R: Shari Sewell, Michael LaFrenchi, Linda Ann Cox, Boy Scout Bennett Pagliarini and Larry Kirchner. hCG Weight Loss Program hCG Diet 900 calories... as recommended by Dr. OZ. The hCG diet is: Doctor approved Medically supervised Proven safe, fast & effeive Drug free No contract //S Prog earle Well ness rams Downtown - 107 Elliot Ave #203 206.473.8486 West Seattle- 5617 California Ave SW 206.388.2929 www.seattlewellnessprograms.com To adjust your metabolism & start loosing weight and staying thin, call Elissa J. Mullen, ND Victim diverted gun in shooting The police report from a July 16 robbery that resulted in the victim being shot in the buttocks revealed a dangerous struggle over the fire- arm used in the robbery. According to the report, the vic- tim met with a black male suspect in front of his home on the 9700 block of 33rd Ave S.W. They met the night before and the victim believed he was going to purchase shorts and sports shirts from the suspect. Instead, the suspect led the vic- tim back to his vehicle (a maroon Ford Bronco), pulled out a pistol and put it to the victim's temple. "(Expletive), you know what this is, this is a (expletive) robbery!," the suspect yelled as he reached into the victim's back pocket and took his wallet. A scuffle ensued and the victim was able to grab the pistol barrel, forcing it from his temple to his hip. The suspect fired once, shoot- ing the victim in the left buttocks before fleeing in his vehicle with a female acquaintance, The victim's injuries were not life-threatening. Seattle Police Detective Mark Jamieson said no arrests have been made as of July 25 in the ongo- ing investigation led by SPD gang detectives. We00st Seattle Art Walk at The Kenney 00Thursday, August llth 6:00-9:00 p.m. Olive Branch Natural Body Care Modem Natural Apothecary crafted from fine oils and butters, free of chemicals and dyes. Meet Joan Johnson and learn how her products can bring a natural radiance and clarity to your skin. Made for women and men of all skin types. Glass artist James D. Brookens Handmade and unique blown glass. www.brookensglassart.com 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW Seattle, WA 98136 www.thekenney.org Ruth Leonard returns with delicate Florentine and Japanese paper covered egg ornaments and matching boxes. Seasonal and all-occasion designs. Music & entertainment by The Double Barrs!