The parents of a man fatally shot last month at Sugar Mill Apartments say they have no more answers in their son’s death than they did Aug. 24, when Marcus Roberts was slain as he tried to collect his son for weekend visitation.
Roberts, 42, was shot about 7:40 p.m. Aug. 24 at his estranged wife’s apartment. Restricted from meeting his wife at her home because of a judge’s order, Roberts died from a bullet entering the right side of his neck and then his chest while inside her second-story apartment, authorities said.
Police have said they have a suspect but have declined to release any further information. No one has been charged in Roberts’ death.
Roberts’ father, William Cooper Jr., said he’s gotten little information from police.
“I been down there talking to the detectives,” Cooper said. “They’re not really telling me anything.”
Roberts would meet his wife at 6 p.m. on Fridays to collect their 4-year-old son for the weekend, Cooper said. Muscogee County court records show Roberts and Falancie Roberts were going through a divorce, and he had custody every other Friday starting at 6 p.m.
Falancie Roberts asked for a divorce in November 2011, and a judge put a restraining order on Marcus Roberts in March, records state. Marcus Roberts was restricted from going to his wife’s apartment or meeting her anywhere else, except at a Warm Springs Road fire station and only to exchange their child.
Authorities accused Marcus Roberts of choking his wife in January 2010 in the presence of a child. He was charged with aggravated assault, though a grand jury dismissed the case.
“This particular day, what I heard is that she wasn’t there at the location where she was supposed to meet the kid,” Cooper said. “So he ended up at the apartment.”
That’s where Marcus Roberts and his wife’s boyfriend got into an altercation, Cooper added.
“The way the detective told me is that (Marcus Roberts) beat him up,” Cooper said. “One detective told me it seemed like my son was the aggressor. But I said just because a man start a fight doesn’t mean that he’s the aggressor.”
Dorothy Cooper, Marcus Roberts’ stepmother, raised her stepson from an early age. Marcus Roberts regularly attended church and delivered food to the poor as part of his job.
“He was a very, very, very wonderful person,” Dorothy Cooper said. “He was very lovable. He was kind. He didn’t mess with anybody.”
Dorothy Cooper also wishes police would give her family more information about her stepson’s death.
“That’s what we’re waiting for,” she said. “We’re waiting for the investigation. They’re giving us the runaround. No names about the guy or whoever killed him.”