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Adrian Martinez Jr, Convicted Sex Offender And Accused Of A Shooting in 2015, Was The St. Croix Man Shot To Death In Sion Farm on Thursday

CHRISTIANSTED — The St. Croix man who was shot to death in Sion Farm six days ago was a convicted sex offender in Florida, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Adrian Martinez, Jr., 32, was gunned down near the Mutiny Vodka facility on St. Croix about 8:47 p.m. on Thursday.

Martinez is a registered sex offender convicted in November 2011 for “lewd or lascivious battery” for engaging in sexual activity with a 12- to 15-year-old child, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

In 2015, Martinez was arrested for shooting at a vehicle after a fight in a housing project, according to published reports.

Two people, Brison Isaac, 21, and Dwight Green, 40, were shot to death in Estate Thomas, St. Thomas on Saturday.

The murders of Martinez, Isaac and Green were the 47th, 48th and 49th homicides of the year, two short of the 2016 total.

There have been 27 murders on St. Thomas this year; 22 murders on St. Croix.

The Virgin Islands Police Department released the information on Sunday, but VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte did not release the news to the V.I. Free Press.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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