BRIDGETON – A local man is scheduled to go to trial next month on a new set of charges linked to the shooting death of Millville resident in April 2010.
An indictment handed up last week replaces an earlier indictment that charged Robert Robinson with murder, Cumberland County First Assistant Prosecutor Harold Shapiro said.
Robinson was originally indicted in January 2011 on charges that included murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. The new indictment, handed up last week by a grand jury sitting in the Cumberland County court house here, charges Robinson with aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault and various weapons offenses.
Shapiro declined comment about the change in charges lodged against Robinson. He said the case is scheduled to go to trial on April 8.
Robinson, 23, of Fremont Street, is currently free on bail, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office. The amount of the bail he posted was not immediately available. A Superior Court judge set Robinson’s bail at $500,000 when Robinson was arraigned after the shooting.
Authorities alleged that Robinson shot Keith Wright, 22, outside Wright’s home on South Fourth Street in Millville during the early morning hours of April 29, 2010.
Wright’s family and friends said at the time that Wright was shot in the chest. The attorney representing Robinson after his arrest said his client acted in self-defense after being attacked by Wright.
Authorities allege that Robinson kicked pregnant Angelica Wynder in the stomach during two assaults that occurred before the shooting incident. Wynder did not require hospitalization for the assaults, they said.
Authorities said that Robinson and Wynder were at one point linked romantically.
Robinson, known to his friends as “Harlem,” fled the scenes where both the assault on Wynder and the shooting of Wright occurred. Robinson eventually surrendered to Millville police.
Robinson has had other encounters with the law.
Information on the state Department of Corrections web site indicates he was arrested for aggravated assault in December 2007. He was convicted of that crime in May 2009.
Authorities also said that Robinson was once connected to the Blood’s street gang, although Wright’s slaying was not related to gang activity.