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Trial for Martin now to be held in Rowan Co.
By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A change of venue has been granted in the Lonnie Martin murder case.
April 20, just five days before the trial was set to begin in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Judge William “Bill” Lane granted a defense motion renewing a request for a change of venue.

Martin’s attorney, public defender Jay Barrett, cited an April 14 article in the Advocate concerning Martin’s arrest for assault as being prejudicial coming so close to the start of the jury trial.
Martin was charged recently for the alleged assault of a deputy at the Montgomery County Regional Jail.

Barrett was renewing a motion he had made earlier in the case requesting a change of venue based on what he alleged has been excessive publicity.

In his April 20 order, Lane grants a continuance in the case, which will now get under way June 6 in Rowan County.

A hearing on all outstanding motions in the case was scheduled for Wednesday morning in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
Martin, 42, of Stanton, is charged with the alleged murder of Kyla Kline, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave off Prewitt-Grassy Lick Road in July 2013.

Authorities allege that she was stabbed several times.

They allege that Martin picked Kline up at a restaurant in Winchester and brought her back to the Montgomery County farm, where he killed her.
Martin claims that he picked Kline up at the restaurant and brought her back to the farm, but took her back to Winchester.

Martin is also charged with the alleged murder of his cousin, Joseph B. Martin, in Winchester years earlier. Joseph B. Martin was allegedly pushed from a viaduct in front of an oncoming train.

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