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Radio host Martin faces felony charge after Friday arrest

A local radio talk-show host was charged Monday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, accused of displaying a pistol during an argument with his fiancée at his home, police said Monday.

Russell Dale Martin, also known as Russ Martin, was arrested Friday morning at the Larry North Fitness Center in Southlake and released a few hours after posting $10,000 bail.

Martin, 48, is accused of assaulting a 27-year-old woman, whom police did not identify, at his home July 14.

The charge is a second-degree felony, and if convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In an e-mail to the Star-Telegram, Martin said Monday he could not comment, on the advice of his attorney.

The woman, who had been living with Martin, told police that she and Martin got into an argument that turned physical.

"He had asked her to send some financial documents, and she hadn't," Southlake police Lt. Rhonda Moore said Monday. "He became very upset."

The woman told police that Martin pulled her hair, pushed her against a wall and kicked her in the thigh.

"She wanted to leave with her personal laptop, but he took it and broke it," Moore said.

At some point, the woman told police that Martin pulled a pistol from his waistband and paced around the kitchen.

The woman left the house and reported the incident the next day, Moore said.

"Detectives found bruises on her that matched her story," Moore said. "There were also some areas on her head where she was missing some hair."

Southlake police obtained an arrest warrant and took Martin into custody Friday morning.

Police records indicated that they had not previously received calls of assaults or disturbances at his home. He also had no previous arrest history with Southlake police.

Martin is a radio personality at KLLI/105.3 FM. The station aired "The Best of Russ Martin" during his normal time slot Monday afternoon.

Star-Telegram reporter Robert Philpot contributed to this report.