Monday, April 28, 2008

Robinson waives preliminary hearing, bound over for trial

Rep. Brad Robinson, D-Bonne Terre, waived his preliminary hearing Friday in St. Francois County Circuit Court and was bound over for trial. Robinson's next scheduled court appearance is 9 a.m. Friday, May 23.

Robinson, 44, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident. His wife Tara, 37, was charged with misdemeanor making a false declaration.

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 Mrs. Robinson 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.

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