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Radio personality Martin off the air again Tuesday

SOUTHLAKE -- Radio talk show host Russ Martin was again off the air Tuesday afternoon, a day after he was charged with beating his fiancee and brandishing a pistol during an argument with her last week.

Martin was absent on Monday on KLLI/105.3 FM, but the station played “The Best of Russ Martin Show” on Tuesday and Monday.

"It’s on-going, so we're keeping him off the air," David Henry, the station's general manager, said Tuesday afternoon. He declined to make any additional comments..

Martin was charged Monday with aggravated assault bodily injury with a deadly weapon. He was arrested Friday morning at the Larry North Fitness Center in Southlake and released a few hours after posting $10,000 bail.

An emergency protective order has been issued to keep Martin from his fiancee who reported to police that she was assaulted and he had displayed a pistol during an argument, police said Tuesday.

The order would expire in September against Russ Martin, police said.

Martin’s conceal handgun permit also was suspended, Southlake police Lt. Rhonda Moore said Tuesday.

Martin, 48, is accused of assaulting the 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.

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

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, in a telephone call, Martin became upset with the woman after he found out that she had not called the Internal Revenue Service as he had asked her to do earlier in the day. Martin had sent the IRS a package with documents and he had wanted his fiancee to call to make sure they had received it, the affidavit states.

Martin continued to yell at the woman, saying the IRS was trying to take his house and everything he owned, according to the affidavit.

At some point in the telephone call, Martin told the woman, “You better hide because when I get there I’m going to beat the (expletive) out of you!”, according to the affidavit.

Martin arrived home and began screaming at her, police said. 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.

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