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Cell phone key evidence in Keith Martin double murder trial

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

For the second day jurors heard the lead detective testify about the evidence he gathered against Keith Martin. That evidence includes Martin's cell phone, text messages and pictures found on the phone.

Both the prosecution and the defense spent most of the day questioning Kevin Strickland about those items and how he was able to obtain them.  

One item, a cell phone that didn't make it into evidence sparked debate between the prosecution and the defense in the afternoon. It resulted in a motion by the defense for a mistrial. Judge John Mosely quickly rejected the motion saying there was no violation in procedure.

A Caddo parish jury is now seeing and hearing evidence from a 2011 double murder.

Keith Martin is accused of shooting and killing his estranged girlfriend, Lashonda Taylor and her mother, Linda Taylor.

The prosecution spent most of the day on Tuesday questioning then-lead detective, Kevin Strickland.

Prosecutors used his testimony to pick apart Martin's alibi and to refute his claim that he was at a downtown bar at the time of the murders.

In an audio recording that was played for the jury, Martin could be heard telling Detective Kevin Strickland that he was at a bar from 1 a.m. until daylight that morning.

Strickland could be heard telling Martin "I'm telling you, you're lying."The jury watched video surveillance from the bar and Strickland testified that Martin doesn't show up in the video until 4:20 in the morning.

Other evidence includes Martin's cell phone, text messages, and a picture on his cell phone of a Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun.

That's the same type of gun police believe was used in the murders. Testimony in the first degree murder trial of Keith Martin is expected to continue Wednesday.

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