Edna man sentenced to 40 years in infant's death
June 20, 2014 at 1:20 a.m.
Months away from starting a trial in which the state was seeking the death penalty, an Edna man accepted a plea deal Friday and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the death of his infant son.
Christian Blair Robinson pleaded guilty to injury to a child under age 14.
He was originally charged with capital murder of an individual under age 6.
Robinson, now 23, was arrested July 29, 2010.
His 5-month-old son, Camden, was hospitalized in Victoria on July 14, 2010, for head and internal injuries and later transferred to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, where he died two days later.
The Nueces County medical examiner determined his cause of death to be "abusive head trauma," according to an earlier report.
Jackson County District Attorney Bobby Bell could not be reached for comment.
Robinson's previous attorney, Anna Jimenez, was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of aggravated perjury.
Jimenez's case was dismissed May 28, 2013, according to the Jackson County district clerk's office.
Alan Futrell, of San Antonio, was one of three attorneys representing Robinson on Friday.
He began representing Robinson in May 2013.
Although Jimenez was charged with falsifying information obtained from witnesses, Futrell said the defense team had no problem carrying on after she withdrew from the case.
"I would be a little reluctant to go into many of the details, but I think each side recognized the difficulty that the other side was going to have and the strong points that we each had," Futrell said about the evidence obtained.
He also declined to describe the events that led to Camden's death as Robinson recalled them, saying, "He gave all that up this morning, and I'm going to respect his choice."
"It was kind of like a good divorce agreement. Nobody was happy, but everybody signed it," Futrell said. "By settling this case, it saved tens of thousands of dollars because these capital cases go on for 12, 13, 14 years and are just terribly expensive."
Stephen Cihal, a Victoria attorney who also represented Robinson, declined to comment because his client asked him not to.
Lead defense counsel Richard Langlois, of San Antonio, could not be reached for comment.