For almost 20 years David Robinson has been in jail for a murder he didn’t commit. For 14 years the State of Missouri has known this but has refused to release him until today.
David Robinson has already spent almost 20 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.
This is despite the fact that another man confessed to the murder a mere three years after he was convicted. This is despite the fact that in February a state judge acknowledged his innocence and the Missouri Supreme Court ordered his release two weeks ago.
And still Robinson remains imprisoned, CBS News’ 48 Hours reports, in a case he calls a “living nightmare.”
Robinson’s nightmare began in 2001 when he was convicted in the murder of Sheila Box, a 36-year-old mother who was found in her car, dead of a single gunshot wound, back in 2000.
there was basically nothing that tied Robinson to the murder. CBS reports that there was no physical evidence and only one eyewitness, who was a paid police informant by the name of Albert Baker. Baker claimed that he saw Robinson shoot Box.
An inmate also alleged that Robinson confessed while they were sharing a cell, but Robinson reportedly never shared a cell with that man.
“He was never in the same cell as David Robinson, and the prosecution put him on the stand even though they knew he had never shared the same cell,” Robinson’s attorney Charlie Weiss said.
About three years later, another man, Romanze Mosby, confessed to the murder, saying that he was the one who sold the drugs to Box and killed her.
Baker had already confessed to giving false testimony after being given $2,500 in cash and expenses, but Robinson remained in prison, with all his appeals being denied.
They put Robinson in jail knowing he was innocent. They kept him in jail knowing he was innocent as well. The justice system isn’t just for black people.
I hope he sues them for everything they got.
He is finally free today, but you don’t get 20 years back of your life. Flip the page for the emotional reunion with his family.