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Jury finds Robinson ‘not guilty’ of murder
Houston County Courier


By Jenna Duncan
News Reporter

Tony Robinson was found not guilty in the murder trial after he shot and killed Aundra Hamilton Valentine’s Day 2011. The jury determined Thursday, Sept. 6, that the violence, which Robinson admitted, was self-defense. The trial spanned three days and brought expert sources, witnesses and law enforcement to testify, dissecting the entire incident multiple times. Jeff Herrington represented Robinson in the trial, and argued that Hamilton had a history of violence, was drunk during the incident, and was threatening Robinson, which made Robinson scared to the point he needed to use deadly force. However the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Richey, argued the shot fired was not in self-defense, and was being he felt disrespected instead of threatened, and if he was scared he should have called police instead of getting a gun. Both parties agreed that the incident began when Hamilton and his cousin, Adrian Burton, went to Robinson’s house around 8 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2011. Prior to this day, Robinson said he had asked the two men several times to stay off of his property, though Burton said Robinson had told him it was okay. After the knock on the door, Burton and Robinson testified with conflicting recurrence of the events that night and even earlier in the day. Burton and another witness, Ashley Easterling, said that morning they, Hamilton and Robinson were at Ashley’s grandmother’s house drinking and hanging out. Robinson said this was not true. That evening, both Burton and Robinson said they had a conversation at a chain link fence that adjoined their yards, a few hours before Burton and Hamilton knocked on Robinson’s door on Alex McMearns St. In the final testimony of the trial, made by Robinson himself first thing in court Thursday morning, he recalled Hamilton and Burton knocking loudly on his door. He said he put his gun in the pocket of his pajamas so he wouldn’t leave it out with all four of his children at home, and arguing began when he opened the door. When the two started to walk away from the porch, Robinson said, Hamilton hit him in the face with some sort of food, at which point Robinson opened the front door, set down his gun and asked for his shoes. At this point, Robinson testified that Hamilton began threatening him, so Robinson retrieved his gun. With his gun in his pocket once more, Robinson said Hamilton continued yelling and exposed himself while making insinuating remarks, and eventually was making motions like he had a weapon of some sort on his side. Hamilton and Burton were leaving, but Robinson said that Hamilton began charging at him, and when Hamilton was about three or four feet away, he shot Hamilton in the chest. After he was shot, Hamilton started walking backwards until he fell, and RobSee inson said he saw Burton go through Hamilton’s pockets and run back to his home, presumably taking something out of a pocket. These statements contrasted strongly from Burton’s recollection of the incident. Burton said they went to ask if it was okay to cross through Robinson’s yard, as Hamilton had said he heard Robinson didn’t want them in his yard. Burton said Robinson denied this and Hamilton confronted him about it before Hamilton and Burton started to leave the property. Robinson then went back inside, passed offgun and came back out as they were leaving. Burton said that as he and Hamilton were leaving the yard, walking backwards, Robinson went inside again and came out once they were off of Robinson’s property, and he came out and shot Hamilton. After Hamilton fell, Burton said he ran to his house to get a phone and call 911 before coming back and attempting to perform CPR on his cousin. Burton said that Hamilton had no visible signs of being drunk, did not throw a plate of food, and did not expose himself during the incident. The prosecutor argued that these instances and the idea that Hamilton was acting like he had a weapon did not happen because in the written and video statements from the night of the shooting, none of this was mentioned. “He added the facts that he needed to fit that self-defense claim,” Richey said in his closing argument. “He added the facts, those facts that he threatened to kill him.” Less than two hours after Richey made these remarks, the jury ruled Robinson acted in self-defense, and was found not guilty. the


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