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Romeo homicide heads for trial
By SYLVIA LOBATO
CONEJOS — Murder suspect Michael Robinson, 34, will likely move toward trial following a status conference slated at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.
Defense attorneys said in April that Robinson, who remains in custody, was reportedly negotiating on a plea in May, but it didn’t take place.
Robinson is charged with first-degree murder and numerous other charges including tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse in connection with the June 2016 death of his step-grandfather James Sprouse, 77.
Sprouse’s remains were recovered from a freezer in the residence and former family business in Romeo where Robinson had been staying with Sprouse.
Robinson is accused of bludgeoning Sprouse to death sometime between June 3 and 12, 2016 at the residence they shared for a time behind a small former grocery store in Romeo, wrapping his body in plastic and stuffing the body into an unused freezer, which he sealed with paint and wrapped with several layers of plastic and duct tape before and taking off with Sprouse’s vehicle.
After Sprouse’s body was found in the spring of 2017, Robinson was arrested in Indio, Calif. for first-degree murder and related charges.
A county court preliminary hearing was held in November 2017, and Robinson’s case advanced to district court, where it has waited pending receipt of all information.


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