Martin is charged with providing contraband to a prisoner and aiding in his escape on Dec. 3, 2018. Her charges involve allowing inmate James Russell to use her car to leave his work-release job and providing him with a fifth of liquor. He was captured about an hour after he left the job site.
Russell, who was housed at Palmer Pre-Release Center, was serving the remainder of a sevenyear sentence for violating probation on grand larceny and accessory after the fact of a felony. He pleaded guilty to escape and received a one-year sentence. He was released from SCDC on Nov. 4.
The S.C. Department of Corrections reminds members of the public that after an arrest, the burden of proof is on the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt within a court of law.