A Sedgwick County judge has refused to order a new capital murder trial for a Kansas prison inmate serving a life sentence for the 2006 strangulation of 14-year-old Chelsea Brooks.
In a ruling filed with the court this week, District Judge Patrick Walters denied a motion filed by Elgin “Ray Ray” Robinson, who argued that his trial lawyers failed to provide him with an adequate defense. Prosecutors said the claim was groundless, and Walters agreed.
Robinson’s motion was filed under a state law that sets out the civil procedure that must be followed by inmates seeking to challenge their sentences after all appeals have failed. Such motions are rarely granted.
Robinson’s convictions for capital murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties with a child were upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court in March 2012. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, plus 247 months, after a jury failed to reach an agreement on whether he should receive the death penalty.
Chelsea disappeared on June 9, 2006, after she went to a Wichita skating rink with friends. Her body was found less than a week later in a Butler County field.
Robinson, the father of her unborn child, was accused of arranging the murder to avoid being charged with raping her.