A Colorado Springs police officer testified Monday that her ex-boyfriend - who was then a Manitou police officer – strangled her in his pickup in a restaurant parking lot.
But Sydney Rose Huffman said she later felt bad about agreeing to meet Jarrott Paul Martinez that night at a time when she had a restraining order against him.
“If I hadn’t met him, none of this would have happened,” Huffman said.
Martinez, 30, is accused of second-degree assault in the June 9 incident which occurred in the parking lot at 5430 E. Woodmen Road. He is no longer with the Manitou police department.
Huffman, 24, contends that Martinez tried to talk her out of testifying against him in a pending court hearing on making the restraining order permanent.
Fearful for her safety, Huffman said she agreed not to testify. But as she tried to leave his truck, she said Martinez grabbed her by the neck.
She had a gun in her holster at the time, but did not draw it. Deputy District Attorney Michael Fisher asked her why not.
“I have no family. Jarrott’s all I had,” she said. “He’s not somebody that I’d try to fight. He’s no stranger to me. With him, I couldn’t do that.”
Martinez’s lawyer Daniel Deters questioned Huffman about statements she gave to a Colorado Springs detective about two weeks after the incident.
In those statements, Huffman said she wanted to help Martinez and “work out a plan of how we could do it.” When Deters asked what she meant by that, Huffman said she didn’t remember.
Her lack of recall on several of Deter’s questions prompted one juror to ask why so many of her answers were “I think. I’m not sure. I guess,” instead of yes or no.
“I don’t have a good answer to that,” she replied, later adding, “I remember what happened. I remember the effect it’s had and continues to have on me.”
The trial, which began last week, is expected to go to the jury on Thursday.
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