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NOT GUILTY: Verdict delivered in Troy Martin murder trial

BEMIDJI - It will be a few days before Troy Martin and his family adjust to the not guilty verdict handed down from the jury Thursday afternoon.

"It's been four years of just terrible," Martin said as he exited the courtroom.

The jury heard closing arguments this morning and deliberated for approximately five hours. Jurors entered the Beltrami County courtroom at 4:10 p.m. Court was adjourned by 4:15 p.m.

Watch for more details of the final day of Martin’s second-degree murder trial later this evening. Martin was implicated in the 1998 murder of his sister Leisa Martin at their family's rural Bagley home by his brother Todd Martin.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. 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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