Murder case still on hold

Friday, February 2, 2007

A year has passed since John Robinson was shot and killed inside the Golden Package store and Luke Anthony Trottier was arrested for Robinson's murder.

Trottier, age 32, was accused of entering the store, located on Highway J in Golden, on the night of Jan. 24, 2006, and shooting Robinson, 58, at least twice with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Officers with the Barry County Sheriff's Depart-ment, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Carroll County (Ark.) Sheriff's Department took Trottier into custody the next day outside of his parents' home in Grandview, Ark. Robinson listed Marlbo-rough, Mass., as his place of residence at the time of his apprehension.

Trottier pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and armed criminal action at his formal arraignment in Barry County Associate Circuit Court on Jan. 26, 2006. His bond was set at $750,000.

In May of 2006, Trottier was committed to Fulton State Hospital for a six-month mental evaluation.

In an interview this week, Barry County Prose-cutor Johnnie Cox reported that Trottier's evaluation has been extended for another six months.

Until Trottier is ruled mentally fit to stand trial, the court case against Trottier cannot move forward. Once released from Fulton State Hospital, Trottier would face a preliminary hearing. He is currently represented by Shara Anne Martin, Barry County assistant public defender.

According to an affida-vit of probabl e cause filed along with the initial arrest warrant, the shooting may have stemmed from an altercation Trottier and Robinson had earlier in the day on Jan. 24, 2006.

Following the argument, Robinson allegedly called his wife and told her he was staying late at the store because he thought Trottier might try to do damage to his business. At around 10 p.m. that night, Robinson's bloody body was discovered by an area resident who went to the store to check on Robinson.

At the time of Trottier's arrest, Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said Trottier had been drinking when he returned to the store carrying a gun. Trottier allegedly told investigators that he had not meant to shoot Robinson.

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