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South Dakota jury convicts homeless man of killing campmate

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A jury in Sioux Falls has convicted a homeless man of killing a campmate.
    
Forty-five-year-old Eugene "Eddie" Martin was found guilty of first-degree murder for the May 2012 killing of Robert Thunder Hawk.
    
It carries a mandatory life prison sentence.
    
Jurors got the case late Tuesday and returned with a verdict Wednesday afternoon.
    
Prosecutors say Martin killed Thunder Hawk with a shovel for insulting Martin's girlfriend.
    
Martin testified he didn't see what happened but his lawyer argued another campmate, Clint Cottonwood, delivered the fatal blows.
    
Cottonwood pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in June for his role in Thunder Hawk's death. His plea agreement with prosecutors caps his prison time at 25 years when he's sentenced Dec. 23.

 

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