Almost immediately, Jane Martin said, her husband began phoning her from jail, urging her to flee the area or give perjured testimony.
With Jane Martin’s permission, the state recorded two of her husband’s calls to her, then charged him with tampering with a witness.
Jurors listened to excerpts of those calls on Wednesday. In them, Martin repeatedly urged his wife to disavow statements she made after her arrest.
In one conversation, Richard Martin denied he had threatened to kill the girl’s family. “The worst I threatened … (was) to smack the … out of the whole bunch,” he said. “That’s my style, walk in and punch the hell out of somebody.”
Also testifying on Wednesday was the child, now 14, a Girl Scout active in choir, band and a Christian youth organization. The composed eighth-grader described three incidents in 1985 in which Martin, who with his wife was living with her family in Fort Lauderdale at the time, sexually abused her.
She did not report the incidents for more than a year, she said, because she was afraid of Martin. “I hate him,” she said.
Martin, who has the name of “Doris” tatooed on his right forearm and “Arlene” on his left forearm, was convicted in 1960 in Dade County of lewd, lascivious and indecent assault on a child under the age of 14, and sentenced to five years in state prison.
During a sworn statement Jane Martin gave on June 14 — the day she was released from jail — Padowitz asked her why she didn’t divorce her husband.
“Truthfully?” she asked.
“Because I love him.”