Twenty-eight year old John Lorenzo Martinez, aka “Ese”, charged with the murder of 38 year old prison warden Ernest Savery, was acquitted of the charge today by Justice Adoloh Lucas in a trial that was without a jury. The Crown, represented by Crown counsel Shanice Lovell, had relied on the testimony of its main witness, 23 year old Martin Teul. But Teul was deemed a hostile witness after he took the witness stand and said he cannot remember what happened. Crown Counsel Lovell then made an attempt to have Teul’s statement admitted as evidence but Teul testified that he was forced to give the statement. Teul said he was beaten by the police and he was handcuffed to a chair and he was released after he gave the statement. Justice Lucas’ ruling was that the statement was not freely given and as a result, it cannot be admitted as evidence. Without the admission of the statement the case for the Crown fell apart and it had no other option than to close its case. Martinez’ attorney, Jeremy Courtenay then made a submission that Martinez does not have a case to answer to and Justice Lucas upheld the submission and acquitted Martinez. Savery, a resident of Ladyville, was shot and killed around 10 p.m. on February 22, 2013. He had just walked outside of his home on Perez Road when he was approached by two men, one of them armed with a firearm. According to reports, Savery struggled with the gunman for the gun and during the struggle he was fatally shot in his abdomen. Martinez was arrested and charged with his murder about three months later. The trial began on Monday, January 29.