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SD Supreme Court: No new trial for man sentenced to life in prison for homeless man killing


PIERRE, South Dakota — A Sioux Falls man sentenced to life in prison for using a shovel to murder another man at a homeless camp will not get a new trial.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a lower court's decision to allow certain hearsay evidence in Eugene Martin's original trial and upheld his conviction. Martin was sentenced in 2014 to life in prison for killing 45-year-old Robert Thunder Hawk in 2012.

Martin argued in his appeal that the court shouldn't have allowed three pieces of hearsay evidence including a 911 call during his trial. He also disputed there was enough evidence for a first-degree murder conviction.

Authorities say Martin and Clint Cottonwood were drinking alcohol with Thunder Hawk when Thunder Hawk made comments about Martin's girlfriend that led to a fight.

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