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Brother defends fugitive

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

WEST OF LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX)-- You could say a local brother is standing by his man.

Skip Martin claims his older brother Bruce Martin has been framed and that he didn't rape anyone.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Bruce Martin cut off his electronic ankle monitor and vanished from his home near Lake Worth Monday morning. His rape trial was supposed to start this week.

Martin is accused of flashing a fake police badge and raping an aspiring model at gunpoint after he met her on Craiglist.

He's also accused of raping another woman, a waitress, who he also met on Craigslist.

Both incidents took place in 2008.

"We stand behind him. We think he's innocent. They were hookers. They didn't get paid what they thought they deserved and they accused him of rape," said Skip Martin.

When asked if he knew his whereabouts he said "I have no idea where he is. I wish he would've stayed. He just got scared and left. He got afraid. These women were not raped. He had sex with them, but both parties were in agreement."

An arrest warrant was issued for Martin. If convicted, he faces a possible life sentence.

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