Adrienne Martin Admitted To Setting Dog On Fire, Has All Charges Dropped Against Her (6/4/15)

SAINT LOUIS, MO – Adrienne Martin, the 37-year-old accused of setting a dog on fire after it allegedly bit her son, has had all charges dropped against her.

In July 2013, Martin was charged with two felony counts of animal abuse after she allegedly set a relative’s 3-year-old terrier mix on fire. The burns to the dog, named Brownie, were so severe that it had to be euthanized.

A witness told police he saw flames come from where the dog was chained to the back fence of the owner’s home and saw a man with a gas tank and Martin, the sister-in-law of the dog’s owner, with a lighter. The witness even picked Martin out of a photo lineup.

A quick check of Martin’s Facebook page was also very telling. One post the day before Brownie was set on fire read “I’m on killa mode……today.” On the day Brownie was burned, a post was tagged with “” After the incident made the news, Martin posted: “MF’s is killin me about this stupid dog…keep it real…you didn’t take care nor like or love the MF…on the TV str8 lies.”

After she was picked up and interviewed by police, Martin admitted to setting the dog on fire because Brownie had bitten her son the day before. She was arrested and charged with two felony counts of animal abuse. But now those charges have been dropped.

According to Martin’s attorney, a witness to the alleged abuse was found to have credibility issues. Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says that’s bullshit. She says prosecutors “lost the witness’ cooperation.” Her office also released the following statement:

“Despite prosecutors’ belief in a defendant’s guilt with any crime committed in our city, we must have the evidence and cooperation of witnesses to testify in court for prosecutors to seek justice. Animal abuse is extremely concerning to our office. No living creature should be subjected to abuse of any kind. We continue our commitment to hold animal abusers accountable for their actions and we will continue to pursue cases like these in the future.”

Joyce said that the statute of limitations has not run out and the case remains open. Charges could be refiled against Martin if a witness comes forward.

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Incident ID 200158

Offender ID 100182

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