Appeals Court won't move murder case to juvenile court

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - UPDATE: Nov. 4, 2019
A Grand Island teen will be charged and tried as an adult in North Platte. Jesus Martinez, now 17, faces life in prison in the death of Ethan Pohlmeier. The Nebraska Court of Appeals agrees this case doesn't belong in juvenile court.

Jesus Martinez is now 17. He was 16 when police say he shot Ethan Pohlmeier in North Platte during a drug deal in 2018. Martinez and Brayden M. Turner are both charged with first-degree felony murder and using a firearm during the felony.

District Judge James Doyle refused to move both of their cases to juvenile court. And the Appeals Court agreed.

Nebraska sentencing laws say neither teen will face the death penalty if convicted. The firearms charge comes with a five to 50-year prison sentence.

Martinez is one of two teens charged in the case.

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Story: May15, 2019 5:50 pm

A North Platte judge has ruled that two Grand Island teenagers must be tried for murder in adult court.

Jesus Martinez, 17, and Brayden Turner, 16, both face murder and weapons charges for the September 2018 death of Ethan Pohlmeier of North Platte. The murder happened in a North Platte city park.

About five months ago the teenager's attorney asked that their cases be moved to juvenile court.

Tuesday, Judge James Doyle denied that motion, ruling in part that, "...the protection of the public and societal security and the necessity of confining the pair to a secured facility well beyond the age of nineteen years if they are convicted...outweigh the possible benefits of rehabilitation efforts in a juvenile court disposition."

Doyle went on to write that "...a sound basis exists for retaining the casein the district court..." and trying the two teenagers as adults.

Another hearing is scheduled for both Turner and Martinez on May 28th in Lincoln County District Court in North Platte.

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A Grand Island teenager accused of murder is asking a judge to move his case to juvenile court. Brayden Turner, 16, was in Lincoln County District Court Wednesday morning.

Nearly two dozen people filled the Lincoln County District courtroom and listened to testimony from a clinical psychologist, Joseph Peraino, and Turner's father, Paul Turner. Turner explained his life inside and outside of prison. He told the judge his son was not living with him at the time of Pohlmeier's death.

Turner is one of two teens accused in the death of Ethan Pohlmeier in September 2018 when they met Centennial Park. Turner is charged with First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony.

Judge James Doyle will now review all of the evidence and examine the case notes and witness testimony. He will rule on the juvenile court transfer request at a later date.

Jesus Martinez, the other teen accused of murder in the Pohlmeier case, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon asking for his case to be moved to the juvenile court system.

The 16-year-old appeared before Judge Doyle and his lawyers called two witnesses to the stand: Dr. Colleen Conoley, a clinical psychologist, and Martinez's sister, Michelle Boltz.

Dr. Conoley said she met with Martinez on three occasions conducting evaluations and testings at the Lincoln County Correctional Facility.

Martinez is charged with First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony.

Judge James Doyle will now review all of the evidence and examine the case notes and witness testimony. He will rule on the juvenile court transfer request at a later date.

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ORIGINAL STORY: JAN. 28,2019
Two Grand Island teenagers accused of killing a man in North Platte last September made another appearance in Lincoln County District Court Monday.

Brayden Turner and Jesus Martinez, both 16, are accused in the murder of 22-year-old Ethan Pohlmeier. Their teams of attorneys asked for a continuance before District Judge Jim Doyle.

Judge Doyle granted the continuance which allows more time for the defendants to compile expert witnesses for their cases. Both cases were rescheduled to be ready by April 3.

Martinez previously entered a not guilty plea to first degree murder and firearm charges. Turner is being charged with first degree murder and use firearm to commit a felony.

The victim Pohlmeier's mother, Marci Roman, made a statement after Monday's hearing saying that she will be at every court hearing no matter how long it takes to see justice served. Roman said she wants to see the boys put behind bars.