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Suspect in Dog Burning Case Has Bond Hearing

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A police photo of animal abuse suspect Adrienne Martin on July 25, 2013.-

A police photo of animal abuse suspect Adrienne Martin on July 25, 2013.-

Update: Reduction on the bond in the Brownie abuse case was denied Monday.

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - One of the most vilified criminal suspects in recent months is going to court this morning, hoping to have her bond reduced so she can get out of jail before her trial.

Adrienne Martin has been held on $50,000 bond since her July 25 arrest on charges she set fire to a dog that came to be known as Brownie.

Martin’s attorney Phillip Dennis contends that she should be treated like others charged with class “D” felonies and released on recognizance bond.

“Bond should be applied to a level of the felony,” he says. “If it’s a D felony, she should be allowed to bond herself out. If they want a situation where this charge has a high bond, they should charge it as an A or B felony.”

Martin is charged with animal abuse and knowingly burning after the dog was found chained and severely burned on July 10 in the backyard of Martin’s home on Cote Brilliante.

Brownie was taken to Stray Rescue of St. Louis for emergency medical treatment but later died from organ failure.

Martin wrote on her Facebook page, “I’m on killa mode…kill dogs…today. I mean what I say and I say what I mean… all dogs don’t go to heaven.”

Dennis says it will come out at trial that Martin was not home the night Brownie was set on fire and her Facebook postings referred to her incarcerated, estranged husband.

“She called him the dead dog, the dirty dog and she thought because of the dispute that he and she had that he should go to hell,” he says.

Dennis argues that others in the neighborhood had reasons to attack the dog.

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