ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Adrienne Martin couldn’t have killed Brownie the dog, her defense attorney says, because she was out playing bar games that night.
The dog was found July 10 in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante. He had been chained and lit on fire. Brownie was taken to Stray Rescue of St. Louis for emergency medical treatment but later died from organ failure.
Martin faces animal abuse charges but attorney Philip Dennis says his client has an alibi and there is no shortage of suspects in the case because the dog was a neighborhood nuisance.
“I just don’t see that there was the support available when you have a dog that has gone feral. There’s no support available for these types of people,” he says, referring to neighbors who must deal with the city’s stray animals.
According to Dennis, Martin and others tried to get Stray Rescue to take the dog but didn’t have cash for the pick-up fee.
Martin appeared in court on August 19 in an attempt to have her bond reduced. Outside, her friends and family videotaped anti-abuse advocates as Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim was accompanied out of the back of the courthouse by police.
“They have a gang, bully mentality,” Grim said of Martin’s supporters that day.
Dennis says he has told Martin’s family to keep away from Stray Rescue but argues the advocates are also at fault.
“I would like for the people who are advocates to wait until there is a verdict before they want to ruin somebody’s life,” he said.
Around the time the dog was attacked, Martin wrote on Facebook, “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” but Dennis says Martin was referring to her incarcerated, estranged husband in the posts, not a dog.