Alleged murderer faces firearm, drug charges

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 25, 2013 

An alleged murderer was in Recorder's Court again on Friday, this time on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and tampering with evidence.

Jacinto Robinson pleaded not guilty to all charges.

According to police testimony, Robinson and his co-defendant, Justice Anderson, were seen loitering in an alley between Winston Road and Calvin Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Anderson is also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He pleaded not guilty in court.

Officers said in court that the men fled after being observed and approached by police.

They were stopped on the 1000 block of Winston Road, smelling "strongly" of marijuana.

After being stopped, an officer observed an object in Anderson's waistband, which he said was his cellphone.

After being patted down, the object was revealed to be a loaded 9mm pistol.

An thorough search on Robinson, however, was unsuccessful, as officers said he wouldn't unclench either his legs or buttocks.

Officers said they observed a "knot" on Robinson's left leg, before he was placed in the patrol car.

As soon as he was in the car, however, he told officers that he had found a gun next to him in the backseat. What's more, officers found a small, torn plastic bag and crushed marijuana at Robinson's feet in the vehicle, as though he had tried to destroy the drugs.

Robinson admitted to the marijuana possession at the time, but claimed the gun wasn't his — and that he would have been unable to place it in the patrol car since he was handcuffed.

He repeated this defense in court.

Robinson is also one of three men charged in the shooting death of Damien McDonald last August, which police believe was an armed robbery gone wrong. He posted a $12,000 bond in May.

Citing Robinson's history, Judge Michael Cielinski set a $20,000 bond for the firearm possession, $2,500 for tampering $1,000 for marijuana possession and $500 for loitering.

For Anderson, Cielinski set a $20,000 bond for the firearm possession.

Both cases will continue in Muscogee Superior Court.

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