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Edna man stabbed to death; cousin accused

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Nov. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.

Marcus Robinson, 7, the eldest son of Olin Anthony "Champ" Robinson, 29, talks about his father.

Olin Anthony Robinson Sr. sat down on a chair in the foyer and stared at the floor.

His eyes stared off into the distance; a single tear fell from his eye.

"He's dead. He's dead. I can't believe he's dead," Robinson repeated.

Robinson's fatigue showed on his face. He had been awake since about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, when he learned his grandson, Olin "Champ" Anthony Robinson Jr., 29, was stabbed to death in the 200 block of West Elm Street, just a few streets over from the home they shared on Fourth and Erie streets in Edna.

A birthday celebration that started at the Brackenridge marina moved to the West Elm Street home, and the Robinson cousins began an altercation in the street.

"It hurts. I love him. He's my heart," said Robinson, 60, who helped raise his grandson from infancy.

The elder Robinson said he was responsible for giving his grandson the nickname "Champ" because he was the first male in a long time to be born into a family of women.

"He is my champ," he said.

Champ died early Sunday morning at the Jackson County Hospital after he suffered two stab wounds in the upper torso.

He was pronounced dead by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Darren Stancik.

"He's gone," Robinson said while weeping. "I can't believe he's gone."

Robinson was surrounded by dozens of family and friends at his home Sunday, where everyone was gathering to remember Champ's life.

They also discussed Champ's untimely death and the man suspected of stabbing him - his cousin, Almaad Robinson.

Edna Police Chief Clinton Wooldridge said Almaad Robinson, 21, turned himself in to Jackson County authorities at 10:37 a.m. Sunday.

He remained in the Jackson County Jail on a $100,000 bond, where he faces charges of first-degree felony murder.

Champ's mother, Kimerlay Robinson, who was also at the home on Fourth Street, said Sunday's stabbing incident was not the first time the cousin attacked her son.

"It was senseless," she said. "And it could have been stopped a month ago when he stabbed him the first time."

About a month ago, she said, her son discovered his cousin attempting to break into his garage. When he confronted his cousin, Almaad stabbed him in the leg.

A report was filed, but Kimerlay Robinson said nothing ever came of the charges.

She was also frustrated because she said Almaad Robinson posted remarks about her son's murder earlier that morning on his Facebook page.

"He was posting on Facebook like it's a joke. He admitted to it on Facebook that he killed him. ... He erased it later," but authorities were able to grab a screenshot of the Facebook post, she said. "He was bragging about it."

She also said Almaad Robinson was boasting on Facebook that he would be out of jail on bond by Monday.

"It makes me mad, enraged. A life is just worth $100,000 - and he's going to get out?" she said. "I can't bring my son back. But the bond should have been more than that because I can't bring my son back to his three kids."

Her son is survived by his three children - Mercedes, 3; Mia, 3 months; and Marcus, 7 - who learned this morning that his father wasn't coming back.

"I was throwing up, and my tummy hurt. I sad because I wanted Daddy," the 7-year-old said. "I love Daddy. ... He loves me. He wake me on time, all the time, and I'm never late for school."

Kimerlay Robinson described her son as an easy-going, caring man. He was a generous father and someone who was always taking care of his friends and family, she said.

"He would do anything for anybody," she said.

She said if she could talk to Almaad, she would only want to ask him, "Why?"

"Why would you do this when everybody is family? Why would you do that to him? I don't understand," she said.

It's just senseless; it's worthless. I'm just lost ..."

Funeral services were unknown Sunday, his mother said. Her son's body was taken to Travis County for an autopsy.

The stabbing incident remains under investigation, Wooldridge said.

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