Co-defendant enters guilty plea, opening statements begin in murder trial

Co-defendant enters guilty plea, opening statements begin in murder trial
Billy Minkley entered a guilty plea Wednesday afternoon in a Stephens County courtroom. He is expected to testify against E.C. Blair.
Billy Minkley entered a guilty plea Wednesday afternoon in a Stephens County courtroom. He is expected to testify against E.C. Blair.
Jury selection has begun in the murder trial for E.C. Blair. Blair is accused in the murder of 23-year-old Leah Martin from Graham.
Jury selection has begun in the murder trial for E.C. Blair. Blair is accused in the murder of 23-year-old Leah Martin from Graham.

STEPHENS COUNTY, TEXAS (KAUZ-TV) - One of three defendants pleaded guilty on Wednesday for his role in the murder of 23-year-old Leah Martin.

The Graham woman went missing in May 2015. Her body was found that September.

A co-defendant, Billy Minkley, entered his plea in the Stephens County courtroom.

Young County Investigators said Minkley admitted to digging the grave for Martin's body. Minkley also admitted to a June 2014 triple murder in Fort Worth.

Opening statements got underway this morning for E.C. Blair's trial. Blair is accused of murder.

Authorities said Martin was last seen alive at Blair's auto repair shop in Graham.

Blair is facing anywhere from five to 99 years in prison if found guilty.

Stay with Newschannel 6 as we continue to follow this trial and other developments.

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