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Judge Robert McKinney Martin, Jr., was born in Northampton County, N.C., in 1912. Judge Martin attended Wake Forest University to study law and was certified to practice law in North Carolina after passing the bar examination. He began practicing law in High Point, N.C., with an early focus on criminal law that later shifted to civil practice. In 1967 Governor Dan K. Moore appointed him to the superior court bench. Judge Martin was elected to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 1974. At the beginning of this interview he speaks about being raised in an agricultural town near the Virginia state border. He then recounts his involvement with notable cases like the Teel murder and Wilmington Ten cases while serving as superior court judge.

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