Schertz detective who used false information to raid home of Zekee Rayford will not be suspended

Detective Chris Martinez given ‘employee coaching’ after falsely claiming useable amount of marijuana was seen in home

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SCHERTZ, Texas – A Schertz Police detective who falsely claimed a useable amount of marijuana was seen inside the home of Zekee Rayford last year has avoided serious discipline in the case, according to internal affairs paperwork obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.

Corporal Chris Martinez will not be suspended for the incident and instead received an “employee coaching” session earlier this month, records show. That came after a lengthy investigation determined he violated a departmental rule covering conduct and behavior.

A more serious allegation against Martinez of untruthfulness was not sustained, the discipline paperwork shows.

Last March, a raid of Rayford’s home in the Northeast Side suburb was carried out hours after Martinez was able to get a judge to sign off on a search warrant affidavit that included the incorrect statement.

Martinez, who is also assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force, wrote in the affidavit last March that a confidential informant had seen a useable amount of marijuana inside a home on Keanna Place.

That claim, however, contradicted what Martinez had previously told two employees of the Guadalupe County Attorney’s Office. When discussing whether a warrant could be obtained to search the home, Martinez conceded to both employees that no contraband had been seen inside the residence, records show.

Both employees, one of whom was an assistant county attorney, said their office could not sign off on the warrant because Martinez had not obtained probable cause evidence sufficient to go inside the home and search it.

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