Feb 21, 2017
One of the alleged victims, Elisha Mansell refuses to testify this morning at Maxx Robison prelim
It did get started this morning and continued this afternoon in Courtroom 3. Judge Dale Reinholtsen presiding.
Robison's grandmother, Barbara Berry, who he was living with at the time of the alleged incident, testified today. She identified photos and a series of 911 calls she made the early morning of June 29/30.
These calls were played in court.
At one point, Berry broke down during her testimony , while identifying a photo of her home. She asked if she could have a minute.
Elisha Mansell refused to testify today. He was appointed an attorney and freaked out in court. At times, despite Judge Reinholtsen telling him to talk to his attorney and get his attorney's advice , Mansell addressed the Judge directly.
Mansell claimed he does not trust his appointed attorney, who Mansell feels is close to the DA and others. Mansell said he is trying to tell what happened that day, just did not want to testify today.
Mr. Marek Reavis, who was appointed for him, told Mansell to plead the fifth.
Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees even offered him immunity. The case is being co-prosecuted by DDA Carolyn Schaffer, who did the questioning today for Berry and Aubrey.
Here is a link to an exclusive post when Mansel spoke to me last year.
There has been a limited gag order issued in this case and preliminary records will be sealed.
Public Defender Jennifer Dixon is representing Robison. Among his regular supporters, his girlfriend Autumn McClellan and Robison's mother Tracine Dorner were present in court.
Here is a link back to a post I did in October, with comments from Robison's mother.
The gag order was only recently requested, by the Public Defender.
Calvin Aubrey, one of the two men, who claims he was in the car with Robison that night was on the stand, most of this afternoon. So far, he is the only eye witness to testify to the alleged altercation outside the McCullens motel and placing a rifle in Robison's hand.
Berry testified that two men were with Robison that night. Aubrey testified he was one of those men, the other being "Bolt" Johnson.
The preliminary continues tomorrow morning with the testimony of EPD Detective John Gordon and EPD officer Dustin Nantz
Robison is charged with four felonies and there are two victims; Rhianna Skye McKenzie and Elisha Caleb Mansell.
Count 1 is Murder, victim is McKenzie. Two special allegations for Count 1: "personally and intentionally discharging a firearm; a semi-automatic rifle, which caused great bodily injury or death to" McKenzie and "above offense perpetrated by means of shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle with intent to inflict great bodily injury."
Count 2 is Attempted Murder, victim Mansell with special allegation "personally and intentionally discharging a firearm; a semi-automatic rifle, which caused great bodily injury or death to" Mansell.
Count 3 is Assault with semi-automatic firearm upon Mansell with special allegation ""personally and intentionally discharging a firearm; a semi-automatic rifle," which causes the offense to be a serious and violent felony.
Count 4 Shooting an occupied motor vehicle.
(Detailed posts of each witness testimony after preliminary concludes)