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Martin murder trial moved to Beltrami County


BEMIDJI -- A jury trial for a 1998 murder in Clearwater County is underway in Beltrami County. Troy Martin, 41, of Bagley will be tried for his part in the death of his sister 15 years ago.

Martin faces a second-degree unintentional murder charge. Martin and his brother Todd, 38, are accused of restraining and strangling their sister, Leisa Martin, 31, on Oct. 28, 1998 in their rural Bagley home. Her body was found three days later near Roy Lake in Mahnomen County.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts and Beltrami county government for The Bemidji Pioneer. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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