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    Missouri man who spent two decades in prison freed after judge slams homicide in

    Missouri man who spent two decades in prison freed after judge slams homicide investigation
    Since David Robinson’s sentencing another man has confessed to killing Sheila Box in Sikeston in 2001, and two witnesses have recanted

    n this Sept. 2016 file photo, David Robinson poses for a portrait in the visiting area inside Jefferson City Correctional Center
    in Jefferson City, Mo.Laura Simon/The Southeast Missourian via AP File


    May 15, 2018
    8:10 AM EDT

    Last Updated
    May 15, 2018
    11:43 AM EDT

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — A 49-year-old Missouri man who served nearly 20 years in prison for first-degree murder has been freed after a judge criticized how the homicide investigation was handled and the state’s top prosecutor recommended that charges be dismissed.

    David Robinson was greeted with hugs as he emerged around 10 p.m. Monday from the Jefferson City Correctional Center.

    Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley reviewed a judge’s ruling in February that found a police detective was “lacking in candor or competence, or both.”

    . . .

    The detective has resigned. Hawley also evaluated the evidence available for a retrial. Since Robinson’s sentencing, another man has confessed to killing Box and two witnesses have recanted.

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    CBS NEWS May 15, 2018, 1:40 AM
    Missouri man David Robinson free after years in prison for murder he didn’t commit

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — A Missouri man walked free from prison on Monday after serving nearly 18 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit. David Robinson of Sikeston was released Monday night from the Jefferson City Correctional Center, hours after Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley recommended that charges against him be dismissed.

    Robinson had been behind bars since being convicted in 2001 of killing Sheila Box, who was shot to death after leaving a Sikeston bar she co-owned with $300 in cash and checks. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    “Been a living nightmare. It’s been an up-and-down rollercoaster,” Robinson told “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty in a recent interview in prison.

    . . .

    But there was little to tie Robinson to the murder: No physical evidence, just one eyewitness, Albert Baker, a paid police informant who claimed he saw Robinson shoot Box at a busy intersection.

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  • Aldroud (1632 posts)
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    1. Monsterous

    No amount of restitution can make up for a life stolen. I hope he can find peace, love, and joy.

    Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't.
    • Coldmountaintrail (6426 posts)
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      2. good luck with that wish; unlikely. but the system is designed to waste life

      in multiple ways, nothing new there.

      it’s our biggest product: waste

  • eridani (4633 posts)
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    3. Another reason for being agains thte death penalty

    It eliminates the chance to say “Oops, sorry” when necessary.

    You've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right?  I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.
  • D504 (230 posts)
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    4. Seems to happen often..

    here(Missouri). Having ties to the Sikeston area, probably knowingly framed.

    Police methods in the usa make this type of event inevitable.

    Instead of following evidence, they pick an outcome and build evidence to support it.

    Stupid way to do things, but then here we are, eh?

    That makes at least 3 of these ‘events’ in this state alone in the last 5 years.

    You have to wonder if ANY of the people in prison are criminals.