Man accused in Illinois shooting death arraigned

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A man who escaped custody in Colorado as a defendant in an Illinois killing says he plans to represent himself in court despite a judge saying that’s “extremely unwise.”

The Alton Telegraph reports that 37-year-old Turhan Robinson made his first court appearance Tuesday in Madison County. That’s where the St. Louis man is charged along with a 30-year-old man from Jennings, Missouri, with first-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

Investigators allege the men shot 43-year-old Kenneth Deal of Venice on May 19 while trying to steal marijuana from him.

The attempted murder count relates to a shot fired from the suspects’ car at a Madison police officer during an ensuing chase.

Robinson later was captured in Las Vegas and briefly escaped in Colorado while being returned to Illinois.
Information from: The Telegraph,