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05/01/07 - Pineland

Pineland Murder

by Tashun Chism

As Sidney Martin comforts his family, he wonders what could make a man kill his own brother.

"In my brother's house, that's dead, my half brother walked in and shot him five times," Martin said.

Sabine County authorities say at a trailer home in pinelands, Billy Joe Martin shot and killed his half-brother, Sterling Wayne. Both men were Sidney Martin's brothers.

"At this particular time, there are several theories as to what caused the shooting. Those are all being investigated but 5th this particular time we still have no definitive answer as to why it did happen," said Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox.

"No one knows the actual cause. I have my own ideas and I'm pretty sure the police are going to find out. It was over money. The root of all evil," Sidney Martin told us.

Martin believes his half-brother Billy Joe could have been on some kind of medication when he killed their brother Sterling. But he knows that doesn't justify the crime. Martin tells us he still loves his brother Billy Joe, but has been too upset to speak with him since the murder.

"I have a lot of anger right now because I don't understand it. I can't understand it and I don't think I ever will understand it," said Sidney Martin.

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