Guilty verdict in Robin trial, other trial to continue
Update: March 21, 2014
Christopher Robin has been found guilty by a jury during lunch on Friday, March 21.
The verdict came after half a day's worth of deliberations.
Robin's sentencing has been scheduled for Monday morning at 8 a.m.
Both of Beaumont’s criminal courts are holding high-profile murder trials this week.
The first and certainly the oldest case is that of Christopher Wayne Robin, 44, who is charged with murdering his roommate.
Robin, 44, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury June 26, 2008 for murder, a first-degree felony. The indictment was handed down after the badly beaten body of Wayne Beavers was discovered by police at a 12th Street home in Port Neches.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police observed a substantial amount of dried blood and a foul odor coming from the home, suggesting Beavers’ body “had been there for some time.”
“A subsequent autopsy revealed the cause of death to be manual strangulation with a crushed chest and fractured skull,” the affidavit said.
Robin, who reported to police that Beavers was dead inside the home, told police the two were roommates and that he found Beavers body about 3 p.m. Nov. 27, 2007 naked and lying in his (Robins’) bed.
“Robins displayed abrasions and contusions on his hands and forearms that were consistent with having been involved in an altercation,” the affidavit said. “Interviews with the victim’s friends revealed that Robin and Beavers had been involved in an intimate and abusive relationship. Robin’s shoes and other clothing items were taken for forensic examination.”
When Robin’s clothing items returned from the DNA crime lab, the results were anything but exonerating for Robin.
“Genetic material taken from the victim’s fingernail clipping on both hands matched the DNA profile of Chris Robin,” the affidavit said. “A bloody shoe print, made when the blood was still wet, matched the right shoe of Chris Robin. Blood recovered from the upper of this same shoe, belonged to the victim.”
His trial began Tuesday, March 18 and prosecutors presented mostly police and forensic experts’ testimony. Prosecutors in Judge Lindsey Scott’s 252nd Criminal District Court said they will likely rest Friday, March 21.
Jaylan Rochard Williams
A sordid story of prostitution, drugs and murder is unfolding in Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court as the murder trial of Jaylan Rochard Williams makes its way through testimony.
Williams was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury April 19, 2012, on a murder charge, a first-degree felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police responded to the Paradise Market at 1010 Washington to find April Danna in a pool of her own blood.
A video played for jurors on Tuesday, March 18, depicted Danna writhing in pain crying, “Help me! I’m dying!” to officers once they arrived on the scene. Despite their best efforts to stop the bleeding and ascertain who had stabbed her, a dash cam police video captured Danna’s last breaths on tape.
The affidavit said Danna suffered from “several stab wounds to her upper body, face and neck.”
She was pronounced deceased at St. Elizabeth Hospital minutes later.
Witnesses on the scene told police they saw Williams chasing Danna moments before she was stabbed behind the store.
Most witnesses who testified Tuesday and Wednesday were closely associated with prostitution and crack cocaine, according to their testimony.
Danna was a known prostitute and Williams was her pimp, according to prosecutors.
Stay tuned to next week’s Examiner for in-depth coverage of both trials as they continue through Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21.
Clay Thorp can be reached at (409) 832-1400, ext. 222, or by e-mail at clay [at] theexaminer [dot] com.