Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Bonne Terre Democrat asks for change of venue in felony case
The June 27 trial date for Rep. Bradley Robinson, D-Bonne Terre, may be in jeopardy.
Robinson, 44, who is charged with felony hit and run, is asking for a change of judge and change of venue, according to St. Francois Circuit Court records. The motion will be taken up June 27.
Robinson allegedly was driving his pickup on Jan. 1 when he struck a man, severely injuring him. Surveillance video purportedly shows Robinson and his wife changing places to make it appear that Robinson's wife Tara was driving, and then leaving the scene. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, five passengers in the pickup have been granted immunity in exchange for their testimony against the Robinsons.
Court records indicate Tara Robinson's preliminary hearing, also scheduled for Friday, was postponed at her request, and will be held July 18. She is charged with a misdemeanor, making a false declaration.
Robinson is not seeking re-election.