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Alleged ‘cart killer’ appears in court

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The alleged “cart killer” appeared in Harrisonburg-Rockingham General District Court on Monday, September 12.

Anthony Robinson is charged with two counts of first degree murder and felony concealment of a corpse. Robinson was dubbed the “Caddy Killer” by law enforcement after he was accused of transporting his victims in a shopping cart.

Robinson appeared in court for a judge to decide if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial on all four counts. Robinson is charged with the murders of Tonita Smith and Beth Redmon.

sergeant. Brooke Wetherell testified Monday as an investigator in the case.

Wetherell said investigators believe Robinson was staying at the Howard Johnson Hotel. The court reviewed security camera footage of each woman, on separate occasions about a month apart, entering Robinson’s room at the hotel.

Both times he ends up leaving pulling a shopping cart with something inside. Investigators say the shopping carts contained the women’s remains.

Redmon was last seen Oct. 24, 2021, Wetherell said, and at the time of her disappearance, investigators did not know where to look.

Smith was last seen in mid-November, and investigators were able to check phone records and see that she had been in and around Howard Johnson. That’s when investigators found Smith and Redmon wrapped in sheets along the tree line off Linda Lane. The women were about 15 feet apart, Wetherell said.

Investigators found a shopping cart in the parking lot.

Smith was naked from the waist down with her top and bra pulled up and ties around her ankles and wrists. The court also viewed a photo from a security camera at Walmart from Oct. 22, where Robinson was buying black yarn that matched what was on Smith.

According to the medical examiner, Redmon was in an “advanced state of decomposition”, and she was completely naked.

Wetherell said after investigating the room Robinson had stayed in, blood was found on the bed, along with Smith’s phone, clothing and ID card.

During Redmon’s autopsy, methamphetamine was found in his system, but the medical examiner does not believe the substance caused his death. However, due to the loss of tissue around his head and neck, they were unable to determine a certain cause.

The medical examiner’s office was unable to determine the exact cause of death for either woman, but said the cause of death was lethal violence.

Robinson told investigators during initial questioning that he had met the women on dating apps or sites, and he told them that both women had taken a white pill and overdosed. He said he woke up to find them dead.

Searching Robinson’s phone history, investigators found over 12,000 pornography URLs viewed from approximately August through November. Particular videos – particularly those viewed directly after the women’s deaths – were shown in court on Monday because the titles depicted women who resemble the two victims.

Commonwealth lawyer Marsha Garst described Smith and Redmon’s death as sado-sexual.

The defense attorney asked Wetherell about another woman seen entering and leaving Robinson’s room at the hotel, which was between the two women’s November 10 disappearances.

The judge certified all four counts, saying there was strong circumstantial evidence of premeditation. Since the women are seen naked in evidence, the documents will be sealed.

On September 19, the case will go before a grand jury.