Former Soldier Convicted in Death of Pregnant Teen

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Wednesday, September 20 2006 Sep 20, 2006 Wednesday, September 20, 2006 2:44:25 PM CDT September 20, 2006 in News
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WAYNESVILLE - Jurors are considering Wednesday whether a former Fort Leonard Wood soldier should be put to death of his role in killing a pregnant teenager. The death penalty phase of Luther Martin's trial got under way today, a day after Pulaski County jurors convicted Martin of two counts of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jerae James, and her unborn child. Prosecutors says James died in October, 2001, after she was stuffed in the trunk of a car, which was set on fire with pages from a miliary operations manual. James was seven months pregnant at the time. At the time, Martin was a member of the Fifth Engineer Battalion stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. Two other former soldiers also were arrested in the case, but one was released because of lack of evidence.

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