Residents Question License of Man Involved in Independence Village Killing

Residents Question License of Man Involved in Independence Village Killing

Was 39-year-old Cornelio Martinez, one of the men charged with killing 34-year-old, Christon Logan, a menace to his community? That’s what residents of Independence Village have been alleging since he shot and killed Logan last Sunday. The broker from Independence Village was the holder of two licensed firearms, which residents claimed he brandished on several occasions. Logan’s family has stated that they believe Martinez’s licenses should have been revoked following the incidents. However, the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, says that before this incident, there were no reports of Martinez using his guns to intimidate or threaten any villagers. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I don’t know about that and no report has ever come to my desk in respect to Mr.Martinez behaving in such a way in Independence. And this is the thing you know ? When something happens you hear all kinds of stories why not report it when it is happening ? As far as I’m concerned there was no report against him that would have warranted his firearm license being revoked. As a matter of fact nothing came to me about him being a tyrant or behaving in any way disorderly within the village of Independence. I can’t manage every police station right ? I know after he was detained I gave instruction to the police to go and search his home see if he has any other firearm there, if he have any to take the firearm away get him to police custody and do what needs to be done with him. As far as I’m concerned he committed a crime, a very heinous one and he should be punished to the full extent of the law. I cannot say the police gave him any special treatment I was not there I will have to wait and see.”

Martinez and his brother Ernesto Martinez were jointly charged with Logan’s murder, and arraigned in Independence Magistrate court.

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