Suspect found not guilty in murder of young Graham mother

BRECKENRIDGE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A suspect previously accused of killing a young mother from Graham, Texas, has been found not guilty of the crime. 

The trial of E.C. Blair began in Breckenridge last month after it was moved from Young County. The jury handed a unanimous not guilty verdict to Blair Thursday night. 

One of Blair's alleged co-conspirators, Billy Minkley, pleaded guilty to one count of murder during the trial and has been sentenced to life in prison. 

Minkley, Blair, and a 3rd suspect, Ross Hellams, were all arrested and charged with Capital Murder in connection to the death of Leah Martin, 23, who was last seen alive in May of 2015.

Martin's remains were discovered a few months later in August on a property owned by Hellams, and during the subsequent investigation he, along with Minkley and Blair, who both worked at an auto repair shop with Martin, were arrested. 

Blair was arrested and charged with murder after a search warrant was executed at the body shop, and Minkley was arrested after he implicated himself and others in the crime during an interview with police. 

During Blair's murder trial, Minkely also confessed to committing a triple-homicide in Ft. Worth. 

 


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