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Murder trial under way

Saying the accused killer used his girlfriend’s hammer to beat his cousin to death before disposing of his body in the Collins River, the murder trial began Tuesday against Chad Thompson, who is accused of killing Tracy Martin.
“The name of the defendant’s girlfriend is on the hammer,” revealed District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis during opening statements. Zavogiannis said the hammer prosecutors believe Thompson used to inflict the fatal blows had the name “NINA” inscribed on it for Nina Parker.
The hammer, the district attorney told the jury, was found next to the home of one of Thompson ...

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