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Minkley testifies Blair wanted Leah Martin killed

For the second day in a row, friends and family of murder victim Leah Martin filed into the first three rows of the Stephens County District Courtroom as soon as the doors were opened today, Thursday, Sept. 21. Several of them wore purple clothing or ribbons in memory of Martin.

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Minkley takes stand, describes killing Leah Martin

The E.C. Blair murder trial took a dramatic turn this morning as confessed killer Billy Minkley Jr. took the witness stand and described in detail how he killed Leah Martin on May 29, 2015, at Blair’s auto repair shop in Graham. Members of Martin’s family began to cry and console

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At today’s trial, witnesses testify; Minkley pleads guilty

In what seemed to be an unexpected turn of events for many of those in the Stephens County District Courtroom’s gallery Wednesday, Billy Ray Minkley Jr. of Graham appeared in the court and pleaded guilty to the charge he was facing for the murder of Leah Martin in 2015. His

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Attorneys paint different pictures of Blair in opening statements of murder trial

The murder trial of Elton Carroll “E.C.” Blair began Wednesday morning, Sept. 20, with both the prosecution and the defense attorneys agreeing on at least two things – that Blair was having an affair with 22-year-old Leah Martin and that he did not actually kill her in May 2015. Where

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UPDATE: Jury selected in Blair murder trial

UPDATE: After a full day of legal explanations and questions by the judge, the prosecutors and the defense attorney, a jury of 12 plus two alternates was seated after 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the murder trial of Elton

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