Thursday, July 23, 2009

Murder Case Bound Over to Grand Jury

Second degree murder charges against a Cookeville man have been sent to the Putnam County grand jury, which will determine whether an indictment should be issued. Authorities say Scotty Robinson of Walnut Village Apartments is accused of killing Gerald Randolph in a scuffle over prescription medicine. Robinson's attorney says the shooting should be considered self-defense because Robinson was in his own home protecting his property when it happened. Meanwhile, his daughter testified in a preliminary hearing this week that the gun went off accidentally as the two men were scuffling. Judge John Hudson said there may be some merit to those arguments, but there was also enough probable cause to send the case to the grand jury. He also agreed to reduce Robinson's bond from $250,000 to $40,000.