The lawyer for Daniel Martinez — one of two suspects in the kidnapping of a Northridge girl last month — is asking for audio recordings of interviews with a witness and the 10-year old alleged victim.
Martinez, 29, is charged with one count of kidnapping and burglary for his alleged participation in the kidnapping of the 10-year old girl from her Northridge home on March 27.
Los Angeles police and prosecutors allege Martinez drove a car a short distance after the other suspect in the case — fugitive Tobias Dustin Summers, 32 — took the girl from her bedroom.
Martinez's defense attorney Robert Kayne told a San Fernando Superior Court judge Wednesday that he is still waiting on two audio recordings and other discovery material.
“This is a concern,” he said. “LAPD has had possession of them for at least a week.”
Deputy District Attorney Lauren Jackson said police should be able to hand over the recordings within a day, but she added that the 1,000 pages of investigatory material could take longer because redactions are needed.
Kayne said he was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to review all of the material before the next court hearing, scheduled for April 15.
Martinez appeared in court in a blue jail jumpsuit with his hair pulled back in a white hair clip. He remains in jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Martinez was arrested March 31 about three miles from where the girl lived. Kayne said he doesn’t know what led investigators to name his client as a suspect. Los Angeles police haven’t made that part of the investigation public.
Kayne said the car that was used in the kidnapping that Martinez allegedly drove does not belong to his client. Investigators said they don’t believe Martinez knew Summers intended to kidnap the girl.
Authorities last week expanded the search for Summers into Mexico after a border surveillance camera recorded him crossing a footbridge into Tecate.
He has been charged with burglary, kidnapping and more than 30 counts of sexual assault.