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Martin defense pitches ‘purposeful lie’

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

The trial of a Henry County man on charges that he illegally had a three-year sexual relationship with a minor continues today.

Joseph David Martin, 39, of Turners Station took the stand in his own defense Tuesday, explaining the concept of ‘purposeful lies,’ as introduced by his attorney, Harley Blankenship.

During opening arguments last week, Blankenship told the jury of 11 women and two men that while Martin initially confessed to the crimes he was charged with, he later recanted his confession.


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