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Martinez Trial

Expert, law enforcement differ on defendant’s hearing loss


During the second day of testimony in the trial of the state of Nebraska vs. Larry Martinez the defense called into question how much the defendant, who has a hearing impairment, actually understood during an interview with police.

Martinez, 54, is charged with first degree murder, a class IA felony and the use of a firearm to commit a felony, a class IC felony, for shooting and killing 30-year-old Mandy Kershman.

Martinez, who was reportedly angered by a derogatory text message from Kershman, who he was dating at the time, is accused of shooting the victim in a home on the north side of...

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