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Man faces murder charges in fatal stabbings in Sacramento, Stockton

Richard Robinson
Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson will face allegations of murder with special circumstances in the Stockton stabbing death of his grandfather and the killing of a Sacramento man in a Howe Avenue parking lot last Thursday. San Joaquin County district attorney’s prosecutors filed the charges Tuesday, officials announced via social media.

Robinson, 25, was to be arraigned Tuesday in San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton, accused of killing his grandfather, Kirby Robinson, and committing robbery and murder for financial gain in connection with the elder Robinson’s death.

Prosecutors also charged Richard Robinson with murder in the fatal Sacramento stabbing of 44-year-old Derek Oakley in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant the same day Robinson’s grandfather was killed, adding a special circumstance alleging multiple murders. Sacramento County sheriff’s investigators located a vehicle that belonged to Kirby Robinson in the restaurant’s parking lot, officials said, linking Richard Robinson to both crimes.

San Joaquin County district attorney’s officials on Monday took over the case from Sacramento County prosecutors and authorities shipped Robinson across county lines to be booked into the San Joaquin County jail.

Robinson was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Sacramento Superior Court in connection with Oakley’s death in the diner’s parking lot on Howe Avenue on Thursday, but court officials said Sacramento County prosecutors had not yet filed charges.

Sacramento County district attorney’s officials, calling the Sacramento and Stockton incidents “closely intertwined” in a statement Monday afternoon, said San Joaquin County would prosecute both cases. The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and the county Sheriff’s Department are aiding San Joaquin County in its prosecution of Robinson in Oakley’s killing.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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