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Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

A murder suspect has walked away from a murder charge after another case of “amnesia” in the Supreme Court room of Justice Adolph Lucas. He is 29-year-old John Martinez, the only person charged for the February 22, 2013 shooting murder of Ernest Savery, a 37-year-old prison officer.

Savery was gunned down in the Ladyville area on February 22, 2013 in front of his home. He was shot once to the stomach and was later rushed to the KHMH but was pronounced dead on arrival. Martinez was arraigned for this murder as soon as May 24, 2013.

The almost 5-year-old case began on Monday, January 29, 2018 before Justice Adolph Lucas. During the trial, the crown, represented by Senior Crown Counsel Shanice Lovell, called four witnesses to the stand including her main witness Martin Teul. Two days after the murder, Teul was detained at the police station pending a separate incident when he told police that Martinez confessed to killing Savery.

The case would crumble after Teul denied everything put to him in court. After Teul left the stand, Judge Lucas ruled that the 2013 evidence given to police by Teul would not be considered. As a result, Martinez was acquitted of murder.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 12:39