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Verdict delayed until Monday in Martin murder trial

Sarah Weber • Feb 25, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Jurors will go home for the weekend and return at 8:30 a.m. Monday to decide the fate of Michael Martin, accused of murdering 25-year-old Amanda Gibson last summer.

The jury began deliberating Thursday morning following closing arguments in the week-long trial.

They ended at 4 p.m., resumed deliberations today and then were sent home at 4 p.m. for the weekend. They'll return Monday.

Prosecutors say Martin, 54, strangled Gibson on June 7 and dumped her body by a rural pond along Smith Road in southern Erie County.

If the jury finds him guilty of murder, Martin faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. He could also be sentenced to five years on each of two counts of tampering with evidence.

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