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Adrienne Martin: Lawyer Says Accused Dog Killer Is Innocent, Argues Brownie Was Violent

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Adrienne Martin.
Adrienne Martin, the woman who police say torched a dog to death, was out at a bar at the time of the incident and could not have been the one responsible for Brownie's death.

So says Martin's attorney, who is arguing that while the woman had expressed anger about the dog online, police have the wrong suspect behind bars.

"She wasn't the one who did it that night," attorney Philip Dennis tells Daily RFT. "She's definitely eager to get back to her family. Every time she's talked to me she's been in tears."

Daily RFT got a chance to speak with Dennis yesterday after publishing an item last week about a judge's decision not to reduce the woman's bond. In that post, we noted that the Stray Rescue of St. Louis alleges that Martin's family and supporters have been repeatedly harassing and intimidating the group.

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Stray Rescue took care of Brownie in the final hours of his life. According to the group and police officials, Brownie was found chained up and very badly torched outside of a residence in north St. Louis. About two weeks after Brownie died from the horrible injuries, police arrested Martin, 35, accusing her of setting the animal on fire with the help of a man holding a gas can. This information came in part from a witness who police say identified her in a photo lineup.

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The probable-cause statement -- outlining the felony animal-abuse charges -- says that Martin told police that it was her sister's dog and that the dog had bitten her son sending him to the hospital. She denied torching the dog at first, but eventually admitted "that she was responsible for the fire," the statement says.

Martin got a lot of attention in part because of some Facebook posts she published before and after Brownie's death that said things like, "I'm on killa mode .....#killdogs.com.....today.... #alldogsdontgoheaven.com," and, allegedly referencing news reports on the dog's death "#‎laughingeveryday‬."

Dennis, however, says that Martin was at the Harlem Tap Room that night and argues that there are employees who can verify this fact.

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via Stray Rescue / Facebook
Brownie's vigil last week.

He also argues that it was very dark when the incident happened and that the witness who accused Martin could not have possibly seen through the bushes and positively identified the suspect.

"I hope people at Stray Rescue are more interested in finding out the truth," he says. "There might be someone capable of doing some real extreme horrifying acts that isn't in custody."

Dennis says that Martin did make the statements on Facebook -- Daily RFT published screenshots of the public messages here -- because she was very upset about the injuries the dog caused her son.

At least one other child was injured, he says. "We have photographs of the children. They are shocking. [Bites] all over their bodies. They don't qualify as nips. There are quite a few pictures. They are quite severe."

He says the dog belonged to a criminal who is behind bars and forced Martin's sister to take care of him.

"There were quite a few people, in fact, who had been hurt by this dog," he says. "Brownie was not a very friendly animal. He was raised by someone who is a criminal who basically raised the dog to be vicious."

"She was venting," he says of the Facebook posts.

Dennis also alleges that Martin's family went to a vigil for Brownie with photos of the children's injuries and that attendees there physically pushed them. "The mother of Adrienne Martin, who is an elderly woman and is very frail, was pushed forcibly."

He says that an individual who caused a scene in court last week -- fueling criticisms of harassment from Stray Rescue -- was not in anyway affiliated with Martin or the family.

Continue for response from Stray Rescue and for more photos and evidence.

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Shannon Rae Taylor
Shannon Rae Taylor

Okay, so now there was a second dog set on fire hear in St. Louis. Key word 'was'. Since the poor boy had to be put down just like Brownie. We need to make her an example and throw the book at her. So when we do catch the a**hole that set Zeus on fire, they will know whats in store for them! We can not let this happen anymore!!!

Erica Chicoineau
Erica Chicoineau

This post doesn't say " Are you more ok with humans being burned to death than a dog?" Get off your high horse. No one in their right mind likes hearing about the terrible things that happen to humans. It doesn't mean they don't care about animals as well.

Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham

Dog killer she is flat out lying to make herself look better is all remember what someone said she posted was it on facebook??

Chandra Harris
Chandra Harris

Why does the probable cause statement state she is black ?

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

For the ghetto ass pieces of shit like this gold toofed fuck her fambly and her offspring it is the height of fashion to have a mean ass dawg to show how ghetto they really are. So how do you make a mean ass dawg? You basically get a pit bull or some other breed that is considered a statement in thug ass ghetto culture and you fucking neglect and abuse it until it wants to kill everything that moves. If you get a really mean dawg then you breed that ghetto ass dawg so it makes a whole litter of mean ass dawgs that are fucked in the head and you neglect and abuse them from day one and sell them off to other gold toofed ghetto trash pieces of shit so they their own ghetto ass fashion statement is complete. THEN, when one of these dawgs bites your kid, who I shouldn't forget to mention get treated every bit as bad as the dawgs themselves because you want them to grow up to be a bunch of worfless no educated ghetto ass pieces of shit like yourself, you better set that bitch on fire, or slam it's ghetto ass head in a window, or drag it behind your car, etc. Why? Because you are a worfless piece of shit and you have to keep that fucking ghetto ass cycle going. 


This bitch and her fucked up family and friends are a lost fucking cause. Better to do what I said in an earlier post, let her out and then have a swat team Bonnie and Clyde the whole motherfucking family while they sleep. Would probably save more lives in the long run if you don't forget their cuz and them.

Sarah Hopkins
Sarah Hopkins

If you want to see the truth about Adrienne Martin & her prior's you may go to www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/base/welcome.do

Brian Matthews
Brian Matthews

I see what you're saying Micheal but it is safe to surmise that anybody capable of harming an animal in such a horrific manner is a dangerous person to society in general.

Brian Matthews
Brian Matthews

I've seen vicious animals but never been inclined to light them on fire. Even if she is found not guilty it's hard to argue that she's not mentally ill and dangerous. I don't like sharing the streets with people that think it's ok to light sentient life on fire. That kind of attitude and behavior belongs in a hospital that has locks on the doors, not in our neighborhoods.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Montell??? R u fucking serious???? Thats like saying a baby deserves to be shaken to death you fucking piece of shit!!

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Your question is : do I believe a lawyer???

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Ok so what she did to this dog was beyond vicious so she should be set on fire. Her lawyer said that was justified, right? This bitch has got an assload of bad Karma coming her way and I pray that we all get to see it happen. Rot in hell bitch!!!

Ray Dwyer
Ray Dwyer

If I ever c this kunt I will punch her in the face

Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

First what a fantastic way to judge people based of a FB post. Second the fact that you say the people were murdered and the death of the dog says a lot about your mindset. The dog did not die the dog was murdered to. In my view animals have rights the too. Of course I hate to see humans being murdered well most of them Pedos and rapist I could care less but today the post that happens to go buy is a dog. Way to show how little humanity you have sir.

Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

That is 100% beside the point. If the dog was vicious call animal control or take it in to be put down. I sometimes think someone is a total ass even possibly violent that does not give me the right to set them on fire.

Christine Oldenburg
Christine Oldenburg

Rumor has it her prior neglect charge stems from her children being in a house that was on fire.

Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano
Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano

at first she said she didn't do it. and so did the sister. claimed the FB posts were about an ex bf she was angry with. those were her alleged claims. now she's story-shiftin'?

Shannon Rae Taylor
Shannon Rae Taylor

So if her kids start acting out, maybe they bully some other child...then what? Lets just set them on fire too!!! This bitch and her lawyer need to go to hell!

Eric O'Brien
Eric O'Brien

Yes, dogs aren't people. They don't have the mental capacity to reason or speak on their own behalf. Or to understand they're getting gasoline dumped on them and some psycho is getting ready to set them on fire. In that situation, they probably don't realize they're in danger. Even if he did, he was chained up and couldn't defend himself. No, you're right, dogs aren't people. A person would've known they were in danger, screamed for help, fought back. Animals are weaker, lesser beings. THAT'S what makes it deplorable, disgusting, and deranged. It could only be worse if it were a child, in my opinion. Oh, wait. She has child neglect/endangerment changes on her record, too. Idiots.

Richard Peitz
Richard Peitz

Let's, see....we don't burn people at the stake any more because its inhumane. But its OK to do it to a dog? Can't hate the lawyer that's what they do.

Karla Smith
Karla Smith

Nope. If you have behavioral issues with a dog, you don't solve them by setting the dog on fire and then bragging about it. OBVS. If the world wasn't insane, I would say that I can't believe they are trying to use that as a defense.

Elizabeth Jaggie
Elizabeth Jaggie

NOOOO!!! He's her Lawyer; that's what he's PAID to say!!! She had been sending out posts that she was in "killer mode"and to my knowledge she was not attacked or injured in any way by Brownie.What is her proof that he was "Vicious"? Even if she THOUGHT that he was an aggressive animal, he didn't attack her and there is NO EXCUSE for her disgusting behavior. People who treat animals like this, would do the same thing to fellow humans...

Micheal Watson
Micheal Watson

People get senselessly murdered in the street everyday and all I see are racist and unsympathetic posts and comments. Tragic and uncalled for the death of this DOG, but I wonder why it seems like some people care more about the Animals well being than the human beings that experience tragedy, abuse, even death everyday. I question all you guys humanity.

Kerry Russell
Kerry Russell

So her mentality is that since the dog was vicious (doubtful), justice was served by setting him on fire and causing his death. So I guess by that same mentality, she also deserves death. Story over.

Jerry Morris
Jerry Morris

Vicious cause someone's trying to set him on fire!!!

Jeri Michelle Reuter
Jeri Michelle Reuter

I can believe the dog showed signs of aggressiveness... he probably was taking his cue from fear of the monsters he was around/living with.

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

that horrible heartless bitch can add liar to her resume...throw her ass in jail and throw away the key...RIP Brownie

Alex Lee
Alex Lee

I honestly cannot fathom setting anything on fire and watching it burn and die. I do not believe her and I hope karma serves her well here for that helpless dog.

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

How can someone who posted the messages she did on Facebook be innocent?

Lanie Dattilo
Lanie Dattilo

Love how the alleged pictures of the injuries haven't surfaced. What a lying piece of trash.

Erica Chicoineau
Erica Chicoineau

That's a laughable question. Of course it's not believable. Does the bragging on social sites and the laughter that accompanied it, show innocence?? Let me tell you, the answer is no. She deserves everything she gets and then some. I feel no mercy or sympathy for this woman whatsoever! And why should I, when she showed no mercy to an animal who can do nothing to defend itself. I'm disgusted by her and anyone who would defend her.

Heather Herzig
Heather Herzig

Even if he was, she had no right to catch him on fire!!! Throw her in jail for life!! I don't care if my tax dollars pay for that to happen, at least there will be one less piece of crap walking the earth!

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

Q: How do you tell when a defense attorney is lying. A: His lips are moving.

Wil Grundon
Wil Grundon

What's the defense attorney supposed to say? "This bitch done killed this dog!"?

jaez
jaez

Dogs aren't mean until people make them that way.

hmfb_89
hmfb_89

@Brian Matthews I completely agree with you. This is not a normal response. A responsible person would have also alerted animal control or the cops of the dogs violent behavior before it escalated to biting her child...

If that's even true...can't help but wonder where SHE was and what the kid was doing. How is a CHAINED dog able to cause so much mischief all on his own?

People need to learn to take care of their animals for their own safety.
This is ridiculous.

hmfb_89
hmfb_89

@Micheal Watson I question yours. This is a story about an animal. Your statement only holds true if the same people commenting here are also responsible for the bad statements on the different articles you mention about death.

There is a big difference between two adults killing each other and a defenseless CHILD or animal being abused and murdered.

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