Unexpected Surprise In A Pike County Murder Trial

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The man accused of killing his stepdaughter before her 2nd birthday takes the stand saying he didn't kill her and actually says he was trying to take care of her while she was sick.

In court Thursday afternoon, James Robinson said he wanted to testify, but his attorney advised against it. After several meetings between the attorneys and the judge, James took the stand in his defense.

Robinson said Holly Grace Lockard wasn't his biological child but says he still loved and cared for her. He says his wife Amber, not him, was the one who hit and abused the toddler. He testified about the day Holly died. He said he had Holly for most of the day while Amber and their other child spent the day at school. James said Holly was sick and throwing up, and he gave her medicine and cared for her. He said Holly died later that night after Amber was with her and Holly hit her head.

"I'm not blaming Amber for anything, but it's just the plain truth, she did kill that baby," Robinson said.

Amber Robinson was put back on the stand twice Thursday and both times she once again said she killed Holly and not James. The jury is expected to get the case Friday.

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