Daniel Lee Martin was once a rising star among country music fans and co-hosted the hunting show “Brotherhood Outdoors” on The Sportsman Channel. He released the “All That I Am” album in 2003 and the “On My Way to You” album in 2007. Fast forward to 2018 and Martin was accused of child sex acts with three children under the age of 13 in Tennessee.
Just last month he was arrested on similar charges in Florida which led Tennessee authorities to order him to appear in court to revoke his pretrial release. He was scheduled to appear this past Friday and failed to show up. Martin had previously made threats to harm himself so a SWAT team was called to assist in the warrant arrest by the Pasco County, Florida police at his home in New Port Richey.
The initial charges filed in 2018 accused Martin of engaging in sex acts with three victims between May 2014 and January 2018. The charges were filed in Williamson County, Tennessee and he was out on bond living in Florida. After failing to appear at the court-ordered appearance on Friday, Tennessee officials contacted Florida officials who went to his home to serve multiple warrants on Saturday.
The warrants for his arrest stemming from the charges in 2018 included one count of solicitation of a minor to commit rape of a child, two counts of committing an aggravated sexual battery, three counts of aggravated sexual battery, and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Last month, Martin was arrested in Florida on charges of exposing himself to a young girl, performing a lewd sexual act in her presence, and showing her pornography.
When Florida officials arrived at his home to serve the warrants and take him into custody, 54-year-old Martin was found dead. According to a Sherriff’s statement, “The PSO SWAT team was called in to assist, as Martin previously made threats of harm against himself and others,”. It went on to state that “When deputies made entry to the residence, they discovered Martin deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Martin left a successful career in advertising in 1997 to pursue his passion for country music. He opened for Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, and Vince Gill at various times throughout his music career. He was also a former baseball player and pro golfer.