Charges dropped against Austin officer who faked his own death, fled to Mexico

AUSTIN - Travis County prosecutors have dropped charges against a former Austin police officer who is accused of faking his death and fleeing the country.

Martin, 29, was reported missing on April 25. On April 26, investigators found his truck abandoned near a lake in South Texas. On April 27, police spoke with a woman who said Martin was still alive and in Mexico. About a week later, Martin was arrested at DFW airport on a flight from Colombia on his way back to Austin. 

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Under an agreement, former officer Coleman Martin can't own a gun, he is required to attend counseling and he can't break any laws within the next two years. If he reaches the terms of that agreement, prosecutors will not proceed with the case. A judge signed a dismissal order Friday. 

Martin also had surrender his state police officer license. He resigned from the Austin Police Department voluntarily last month, his attorney said.

Martin's attorney said they do not think he broke the law and that his actions were the result of a personal crisis.

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