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April 2, 2013

Crime lab head loses post

State police lieutenant was working as consultant for defense in Beverly case

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Curran said he had no plans to call Martin himself, instead relying on the testimony of another forensic analyst.

Beverly police and the district attorney did not request their own crime scene analysis at the time of the incident.

Brennan expressed surprise that none of the prosecutors at Salem District Court recognized the name of Martin, who has testified in many high-profile cases over the years, including that of Dr. Dirk Greineder, the Wellesley man convicted of killing his wife in 1999.

Brennan, a former assistant district attorney who had worked with Martin on cases, described him as “the best of the best at the time.”

Brennan denied the prosecution’s request for a delay, citing four prior continuances in the trial date, some at the request of the defense and some made jointly.

Efforts to contact Martin yesterday were unsuccessful.

Martin is believed to have earned more than $160,000 in salary and overtime in his state police job last year.

Curran, the attorney for Eppley, suggested that Martin initially believed he was being hired on a civil case.

Elizabeth Bevel said yesterday in a brief interview that Martin “has turned down many cases” because of his role as a state trooper.

“He’s been very careful to pick and choose. That’s why a partner has the case,” Bevel said.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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