Man Convicted Of Murder Charges

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

There's a guilty verdict after several days of testimony in a Pike County murder trial.

James Robinson was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The jury deliberated three and a half hours before coming back with the guilty verdict. But before the jury ever got the case, James Robinson caused problems. Sheriff Deputies say he was yelling and screaming when they were trying to bring him to court from the jail and he even tried to escape. Because of that, Judge Coleman did not allow anyone in the courtroom and security was high. In closing arguments, Robinson's attorney argued James didn't kill his almost two year old stepdaughter Holly Lockard, but his wife did, just as she testified this week. But the Commonwealth argued James and Amber had a plan to put the blame on Amber, so James could go free. When the jury returned with their verdict, James let them know he didn't like it.

"I just need to know where's the evidence to prove that I done anything because I didn't do anything to that child. I need something pointed out here that it was me and not my wife," Robinson said.

"I don't think Amber Robinson alone was responsible for the death of Holly Lockard and the jury saw that," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elizabeth Burchett.

For safety, Robinson was later shackled to his chair when the jury returned with his life sentence recommendation.

None of James Robinson's family members were there Friday. Amber's parents were there, and said they were happy with the guilty verdict, but didn't want to talk on camera.

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