Mother Takes The Stand In Daughter's Murder Trial

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

He's accused of killing a child less than a week before her second birthday.

Now, James Robinson is on trial and that little girl's mother took the stand in Pikeville.

Amber Robinson was also charged in her daughter's murder, but she pled guilty in October and is serving a life sentence.

On Tuesday, she took the stand in her husband's trial and said she acted alone and he's innocent.

Amber Robinson, 23, saw her husband James in the courtroom for the first time in a while.

She remembered her husband as a loving, caring father to both of her young daughters.

“Anything they wanted, they got from him. Those were his babies. He would always say they were daddies' babies,” Amber Robinson said.

Amber and James were high school sweethearts; at 16 she had his baby girl Haley; they split up afterwards, but then got back together a few years later after she had another man's child, Holly Grace.

“He wanted to adopt Holly Grace, before she died. He loved Holly just as well as he loved Haley,” Amber said.

But the prosecution argued against it saying Holly was abused while Haley was not.

Amber said Holly just had birth defects.

“Walked like a penguin, waddled, had trouble walking and fell a lot,” Amber said.

Amber's parents and other relatives all testified that wasn't true and said Holly was fine until James got back into Amber's life.

They said they noticed Holly had a hurt arm while trick or treating on Halloween night.

Holly died just a few days later. Amber says she alone, beat Holly to death.

“I committed the crime. There is no reason why they need to keep James in jail because I committed the crime,” Amber said.

The trial continues Wednesday.

Also in court Tuesday, Judge Eddy Coleman ordered James Robinson's father Frank out of the courtroom after he says he tried to talk to a juror during the lunch break.


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