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Suspect in killing at Sacramento Denny’s to face charges in Stockton

Richard Robinson
Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson could be arraigned in Stockton as early as Wednesday in the stabbing deaths of his grandfather in Stockton and a man in a Denny’s parking lot in Sacramento last week, said San Joaquin County district attorney’s officials who took over the case Monday.

Robinson, 25, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Sacramento Superior Court in connection with the death Thursday of Derek Oakley, 44, but court officials said Sacramento County prosecutors had not yet filed charges.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Sacramento County district attorney’s officials, calling the Sacramento and Stockton incidents “closely intertwined,” said San Joaquin County will prosecute both cases.

Robinson could be taken back to San Joaquin County custody from Sacramento as early as Monday night, said San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau. If so, a 1:30 p.m. arraignment will be set Wednesday in San Joaquin Superior Court.

Robinson was to be charged in Oakley’s slaying behind the Denny’s restaurant on 1322 Howe Ave.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were called to the restaurant at 9 a.m. Thursday after a witness found Oakley, who appeared to be unconscious in the parking lot.

Firefighters pronounced him dead at the scene from stab wounds.

During the investigation into the Sacramento killing, Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives found a vehicle in the parking lot that belonged to Robinson’s grandfather, Kirby Robinson. The pickup had been reported stolen earlier in the day after the elder Robinson was found beaten and stabbed to death on his front lawn on Turtle Valley Circle in Stockton.

The Stockton Police Department was contacted by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Stockton homicide detectives traveled to meet with Sacramento County’s homicide detectives and interview the grandson.

Stockton police are working with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office on pending charges against Robinson in the killing of his grandfather.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith