Trial set for teen accused in North Platte murder

(North Platte Police Department)

A judge has set a March trial for a teenager accused of killing a man in North Platte.

Jesus Martinez and Brayden Turner, both 16 years old, are charged with first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Turner was in Lincoln County's district court on Monday for his arraignment, where the judge set his 12-person jury trial for March 5, beginning at 9 a.m. His pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 4.

Court documents say Martinez will be back in court for an appearance at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.

According to court records, 22-year-old Ethan Pohlmeier was shot and later died after attempting to sell an ounce of marijuana for $180 in Centennial Park on Sept. 14.

The teens were arrested in Grand Island on Oct. 12 after the North Platte Police Department received a tip from the Hall County Attorney's Office.

"We're trying to paint this picture. We're trying to make sure that we understand everything that happened so that we can go ahead and get this successful prosecution. Arrests are nice but without the successful prosecution, there really is no justice for Ethan," said North Platte Police Department Chief Daniel Hudson.

According to court records, social media was the main form of communication between the suspects and victim.

Police say they've reached out to Facebook, Snapchat and the telephone provider for warrants.

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