I want my son’s name cleared,” Lashunda Robinson said Thursday after murder charges were dismissed against her son Desmond Robinson.
Municipal Judge Lilli Evans Bass dismissed the case this week after a witness recanted her previous statements to police during court.
“The witness admitted that she wasn’t telling the truth, and she said she was coerced into making a statement,” Lashunda Robinson said. “We’re glad to be done with this. My son was innocent, and this could have followed him around for the rest of his life.”
Desmond Robinson was charged with murder in connection with the murder of Nathan Smith, who was shot to death near Jackson Avenue after leaving a convenience store last October.
Although the case was dismissed during the preliminary hearing, investigators still believe they have the right suspect.
Capt. William Nevels with the Yazoo City Police Department said that he plans to present the case to a grand jury.
“This is not done,” Nevels said. “I am extremely confident in the case and the evidence I have to proceed to the grand jury. When witnesses recant their statements, it stops the victim’s family from getting justice. It’s completely unfair to the families. The families are the ones who are hurting the most.”