Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Teen convicted of killing homeless man

A jury took less than two hours to convict an Abilene teenager of murder in the beating death of a homeless man in 2007.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Martinez Jr. could face up to life in prison.

Eric McMahon, 48, was killed when he was hit by cinder blocks and kicked.

Defense attorney David Thedford told the jury that Martinez acted out of fear of another man who he said threatened him and had a gun.

Prosecutor Joel Wilks told the jury that no one else saw a gun and said a witness testified that Martinez laughed as he kicked and hit McMahon.

Read the Abilene Reporter-News article here.


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