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Murdered M’bah man’s daughter-in-law freed on bail

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Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) has been charged with his father's murder. Now his sister has also been charged. Photo Nine News
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The daughter-in-law of murdered Murwillumbah man Michael Martin Snr has been granted strict conditional bail after she faced charges of conspiracy to murder, and accessory before and after the fact, in Ballina Local Court today (Friday April 17).

Candace Jodi Martin, 25, was arrested on April 9 at Esk, in Queensland, and extradited to NSW where the charges were laid.

Her estranged husband, Michael Martin Jnr, is charged with his father’s murder.

Ms Martin was released on strict conditional bail, including $50,000 surety posted by her father, during a hearing presided over by magistrate David Heilpern.

APN Media reported magistrate Heilpern as saying Mr Martin Jnr was ‘either incredibly stupid or utterly deranged’ to think that he could get away with murdering his father.

Mr Heilpern said there was evidence to suggest Martin Jnr had killed his father in the hope of cashing in on a $2.5 million insurance policy and Ms Martin had provided him with an alibi.

Original story: The daughter-in-law of murdered Murwillumbah man Michael Martin will face Ballina local court today charged with conspiring to kill him.

Candace Jodi Martin, 25, was arrested on April 9 at Esk, in Queensland.

She was extradited to NSW where she was charged with conspiracy to murder, being an accessory before the fact and being an accessory after the fact.

Martin intends to apply for bail when she appears in court today.

Her husband, 25-year-old Michael Martin Jnr, was arrested on March 14 and charged over the killing in April last year. He appeared in Lismore Local Court on March 16, where he was denied bail.

He will face court next month charged with his father’s murder.

In February, 21-year-old Jessica Fallon was charged with an earlier attempt on Mr Martin’s life during a home invasion on April 7 last year. She has had bail formally refused.

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