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Jury Weighing Fate of Homeless Murder Suspect

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A jury in Sioux Falls is deliberating the fate of a homeless man accused of killing a campmate.

Forty-five-year-old Eugene “Eddie” Martin would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of murder in the May 3, 2012, death of Robert Thunder Hawk. He would face the potential of life behind bars if convicted of manslaughter. The jury also could find him not guilty.

The Argus Leader newspaper reports jurors got the case late Tuesday and were continuing deliberations Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Martin killed Thunder Hawk with a shovel for insulting Martin’s girlfriend. Martin maintains that another campmate, Clint Cottonwood, delivered the fatal blows.

Cottonwood pleaded guilty to manslaughter in June for his role in Thunder Hawk’s death. His plea agreement with prosecutors caps his prison time at 25 years.

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