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Worthington man pleads guilty to assault

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man accused of attempted murder pleaded guilty to first-degree assault Tuesday in Nobles County District Court and is now awaiting sentencing.

Adrian Martinez, 22, was charged in May with first-degree premeditated attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly hitting a man in the head with a baseball bat.

The complaint states authorities were called to a Douglas Avenue address in response to a report of an assault in progress. They found a man holding a towel to his head and kneeling on the ground. He did not respond when officers tried to speak to him.

A woman who was with the victim told the officers her ex-boyfriend, Martinez, had hit the man with a baseball bat because he was jealous.

A bat was found in the middle of Clary Street. A man who did witness the attack said he saw Martinez sitting in a car across the street before the assault took place. A witness to the incident described a man pulling up and getting out of a car, walking up to the other vehicle and beating the passenger with a bat three times. The man then got back in his car and left, the witness said.

An officer went to the hospital to speak with the victim, who said he did not remember what happened.

The victim was intubated at the time and was having trouble breathing. He was diagnosed with a skull fracture.

Authorities were unable to locate Martinez at his residence, but he later turned himself in, declining to give a statement.

Bail was set at $15,000.

After Martinez pleaded guilty Tuesday, the judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing will take place April 6 at the Prairie Justice Center.

Martinez has previous convictions for possession of more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle, driving while impaired and disorderly conduct.