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Murder or manslaughter?

State seeks to prove premeditation in Martinez case; defense claims “he just lost it”


On July 18, 2012, allegedly inflamed by an insulting text message, Larry Martinez shot and killed 30-year-old Mandy Kershman.

Monday marked the first day of a weeklong trial in Cheyenne County District Court which will determine if Martinez, now 54, is guilty of first degree murder and the use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Representing the prosecution in this case are Cheyenne County attorney Paul Schaub, and assistant attorneys general and special appointed Cheyenne County attorneys Michael Guinan and Sandra Allen. Representing the defense are Sarah Newell and Jeff Pickens of the Nebra...

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