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Trial starts for man charged in Sidney murder

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A week-long jury trial for a man charged with murdering a Sidney woman begins this morning.

54-year-old Larry Martinez, of Sidney, is charged with the shooting death of 30-year-old Mandy Kershman. He is charged with First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm to commit a Felony.

Court documents say Kershman was shot at the home of a friend who was in an office in the house and heard the shot. The witness says he soon saw a man he knew only as ``Larry'' drive away.

Martinez was arrested later that day after his vehicle was pulled over on U.S. Highway 385, about three miles north of Sidney.

If convicted, Martinez is facing life in prison.

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