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‘Caddy killer’ suspect charged with 2 dead

A grand jury has indicted ‘shopping cart killer’ suspect Anthony Eugene Robinson on five counts, including a new charge related to the 2021 deaths of two women in Harrisonburg.

A grand jury has indicted “shopping cart killer” suspect Anthony Eugene Robinson on five counts, including a new charge related to the 2021 deaths of two women in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area.

On Monday, Robinson appeared via video from jail after the Rockingham County grand jury indicted him on five counts. These include two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of concealing the bodies of Beth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Smith, 39, of Charlottesville.

The new charge, aggravated murder of more than one person in three years, is a Class 1 felony – the most serious under Virginia law.

Last week, a district court judge found probable cause to send the case to the grand jury. Prosecutors showed the judge videos of Robinson dragging a shopping cart out of a Howard Johnson motel room, with body-sized objects wrapped in sheets.

Before Virginia abolished the death penalty in 2021, aggravated murder was considered a “death penalty” offense, in which a conviction could result in execution.

Although the death penalty is no longer an option, a conviction for a Class 1 felony could mean a life sentence that would disqualify Robinson from being eligible for release based on “good times” credit or geriatric release. .

Defense attorney Louis Nagy requested and was granted a postponement of proceedings until October 31, when a trial date will likely be set.

Nagy told the judge he wanted time to research and consider options for the defendant, rather than immediately setting a trial date.

Robinson is also suspected, but not yet charged, in the deaths of two women in Fairfax County, Va., and a woman in DC.

Last December, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis dubbed Robinson the “shopping cart killer” at a press conference after two human remains were found in Alexandria.

The remains of Cheyenne Brown, 29, of DC and Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, Calif., were both found in a large plastic container near a shopping cart in the wooded area near a motel called Moon Inn by the US. Route 1 in the Huntington neighborhood of Alexandria.

Robinson is also suspected in the death of Sonya Champ of DC, 40, whose body was also found in a shopping cart in northeast DC in September 2021.