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Augustus ‘Gus’ Martin Pleads Innocent In Superior Court Today: VIDOJ

CHRISTIANSTED — Attorney General Denise George announced that Augustus Abraham “Gus” Martin was arraigned today in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands on the formal criminal charges filed by the Attorney General against him in the death of Jeremie Ed St. Rose on November 10.

In the early morning hours today, members of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), armed with a warrant, arrested Martin, Attorney General George stated.

According to a Superior Court affidavit, on Sunday, November 10, at approximately 11:14 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a concerned citizen’s report of a vehicle being stopped in the middle of the Southside Road (Highway 62), South of Sally’s Fancy Road with a man leaning out of the driver’s door motionless and bleeding from the head.

Emergency medical technicians arrived on scene and confirmed that the victim had no vital signs and appeared to have sustained a gunshot to the head.

The victim’s body was transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m.

He was later identified as 19-year-old Jeremie Ed St. Rose of Christiansted.

MURDERED IN SALLY”S FANCY: Jeremie Ed St. Rose

The Criminal Information, which is the formal charging document filed by the Attorney General for prosecution of the case, charges the Defendant with First Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Unauthorized Possession of A Fireman During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Assault in the Third Degree, Possession or Sale of Ammunition, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Discharging or aiming a firearm.

If convicted for first-degree murder, Martin faces imprisonment for the remainder of his/her natural life without parole. The other penalties are as follows: If convicted for first-degree assault, he faces imprisonment not more than 15 years.

For unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence its fine of $25,000.00 and imprisonment of not less than 15 years. For third-degree assault, he faces a fine of not less than $500.00 and not more than $3,000.00 and imprisonment of not more than 5 years or both.

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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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