Former country music singer Daniel Lee Martin was found dead from a self-inflicted apparent gun wound, according to TMZ. He was 54.
The singer and Brotherhood Outdoors reality TV star was under investigation for child sex abuse crimes. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office found his body inside his Florida home while attempting to serve him a warrant out of Tennessee for 3-counts of sexual exploitation on a minor, along with aggravated sexual battery and solicitation of a minor to commit rape.
Martin was arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscenity in late January. He was released on $15,000 bail within three hours of his arrest.
According to an affidavit obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, “the victim told detectives that Martin exposed his genitals to her while the two were sitting on a couch and that Martin began fondling himself after applying lotion to his penis. The victim also told detectives that Martin had shared pornographic images with her depicting men and women engaged in sexual acts. The incidents took place on numerous occasions while the victim spent the night at Martin’s home, the affidavit stated.”
Here’s what you need to know about Daniel Lee Martin:
1. Martin Was Indicted By A Grand Jury In 2018
In Williamson County, Tennessee, Martin was indicted by a grand jury on September 12, 2018, on four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of solicitation of a minor to commit rape of a child, two counts of indecent exposure and one count of solicitation of a minor.
He turned himself into the police on October 10, 2018, and a trial was scheduled for March. The allegations against Martin were reported by children ages 9 to 12, for incidents that allegedly took place between May 2014 and January 2018. According to The Tennessean, at least two of the victims were female.
2. Martin Was Previously Married To Wife Julie Mcqueen
The country singer tied the knot with Julie Mcqueen in 2013. Together, and they starred in the CarbonTV show, Til Death Do Us Part. Martin and McQueen loved outdoor adventures, as she was a licensed pilot, and she was a huge supporter of his country music career.
In a joint interview in 2014, Martin said of working alongside his wife, “We always hunt together if we have that option and we make a very good team! I think last year we hunted more than 200 days together. We also work together full-time. Our offices are connected, our calendars are linked, and we collaborate on everything from production details, photography, hunt locations to what’s for lunch! Needless to say, we are rarely apart. We had a solid friendship from the beginning, and we have a mutual respect for the others opinions.”
However, shortly after he was indicted in 2018, Mcqueen filed for divorce.
3. Martin Released Two Country Music Albums During His Career
According to American profile, Martin left his job in marketing in 1997 to pursue a country music career, which inspired his move from Florida to Tennessee. After sining with ChinMusic records in 2002, he released the album, All That I Am,” a year later. In 2007, Martin released his sophomore effort, “On My Way To You.”
He toured and performed as an opening act for Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and Vince Gill.
4. Martin Started The Production Company ‘Backstage & Backroads’ With His Ex-Wife Julie
Martin invited celebrities to go hunting and fishing with him on The Sportsman Channel’s Backstage & Backroads. He also hosted Brotherhood Outdoors on the same network, which was also based around shooting and hunting.
In 2017, he made a guest appearance on The Outdoor Experience, a talk show hosted by Blake Alma.
5. Martin Was Reportedly A Professional Golfer
According to Martin’s All Music profile, he used to play baseball and was a professional golfer before he found country music.
In 2009, Daniel Lee Martin attended a baseball fundraiser in Florida, “Baseball for Kids” Weekend as part of the MLB Players Alumni Association.
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