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Shooter pleads guilty after killing bouncer at North County bar

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Jamal Martin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after killing Herbert Burnett (Credit: St. Louis County Jail). Jamal Martin pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after killing Herbert Burnett (Credit: St. Louis County Jail).

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis man will spend 30 years in prison for a 2014 murder in north St. Louis County.

A trial for Jamal Martin, 35, was scheduled for the last week in September, but he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder instead.

Prosecutors said in November 2014, Martin shot and killed the bouncer, Herbert Burnett, 30, after Burnett kicked Martin out of Knockouts Bar & Grill.

According to witnesses, a fight started inside around 11:45 p.m. on November 22, 2014 when Burnett refused to let a man into the bar. Officers said Martin left the area and came back into the bar later and opened fire on Burnett. He was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries and was pronounced dead.

Then about an hour later, officers were called to the scene of a second shooting less than a half mile away from the first shooting.

Witnesses told police that when the Cuetopia Sports Bar was closing, a large group of people were standing in the parking lot when an argument broke out and three men started shooting into the crowd.

One man was shot and was driven away from the bar down to the intersection of Halls Ferry Road and I-270. Police said the driver and a passenger fled and abandoned the Chevy Impala, leaving the victim in the back seat. Paramedics transported Brandon Ferguson, 28, to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. The suspects in this shooting are also at-large.

Cuetopia Billiards and Sports Bar is located in the 11800 block of West Florissant Avenue.

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