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Second Suspect Charged in Diener Murder

(Updated at 1:00 p.m.) A man who was previously arrested and then released in connection with the 2009 murder of Lyon Village resident Carl Diener has been re-arrested.

Javon Martin, 25, was arrested on a bench warrant and charged with robbery and murder in the first degree. A jury trial has been scheduled for April 23, according to court records.

Martin is one of two people charged in the case. His cousin, 20 year-old Roger K. Clark III, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in this case earlier this month. His sentencing is set for April.

Diener, 57, was found beaten and stabbed on Dec. 29, 2009 near the intersection of N. 13th Street and N. Hudson Street, three blocks from the Clarendon Metro station. In a “statement of facts” entered as part of Clark’s plea, prosecutors said that Martin stabbed Diener in the chest during an early morning robbery.

Martin was originally arrested in June of last year, but charges against him were dropped in October. It’s unclear why the charges were dropped.

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