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Suspect in Louisburg homicides still at large; reward offered

Robinson
Robinson

North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Darius Revel Robinson, who is accused in Saturday’s slaying of three people in a Louisburg home.

Robinson is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Keisha Livingston, 36, and Diana Marie Edgerton, 23, both of Louisburg, and Shamare Malik Harris, 18, of LaGrange. Police say the fatal shootings took place inside Livingston’s 119 Harris Road home.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Winstead said his investigators think the shootings happened between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies found Livingston and Harris in the front room of the single-wide mobile home. They were already dead. Edgerton was found wounded in a rear room of the mobile home. Emergency workers airlifted her to WakeMed in Raleigh, where she died.

Winstead said that Robinson, of 124 Southwood Drive, was already wanted by state corrections officials for absconding after he tore an electronic house arrest bracelet from around his ankle days before the shootings.

“We went to pick the subject up from his home, but he wasn’t there,” Winstead said.

Robinson had a violent criminal history. He was released from prison in November after serving nearly a year for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to the state Department of Correction. He also has prior convictions for felony assault, burglary, common law robbery and larceny, state records show.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service are participating in the manhunt to apprehend Robinson, Winstead said.

Frankie Sutton, 20, who showed up at the mobile home Monday afternoon in a pickup truck and trailer to haul away trash from the back yard, said he knows Robinson.

“He don’t have feelings for nobody. He walks around talking about shooting people,” Sutton said.

Harris Road is a narrow, dirt and gravel street dotted with doublewide and singlewide mobile homes. Residents who live in the dwellings near Livingston’s home said they did not hear any gunshots Saturday..

Mary Wheeless, 86, said she only heard Livingston’s 14-year-old son crying in the aftermath of the slayings.

“He was crying because of his momma,” Wheeless said.

At the mobile home Monday, gray smudges where investigators powdered for fingerprints were still on the front door. A patch of blood could be seen on the glass of the storm door, and a bullet hole had pierced a window. Inside, investigators left behind plastic numbers to mark places where evidence had been found in the kitchen.

Winstead declined to provide a motive for the killings. Some have said Robinson may have targeted Livingston for robbery because she had recently received an income tax refund check. Others have heard that a fourth person may have been inside the mobile home and survived the massacre by pretending to be dead.

“There’s a lot of mystery,” Tommy Hicks, Livingston’s uncle, said Monday afternoon. “And a lot of stuff might not ever be known.”

The slain woman’s family gathered Monday at a mobile home on Sutton Road, where a white wreath stood near the front door.

Livingston’s cousin, Tanya Hicks, described her as the mother of a 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. Livingston’s daughter was dating Harris, who was enrolled in Job Corps and visiting the family over the Easter holiday.

Livingston grew up in nearby Centerville and graduated from Louisburg High School in 1997.

“She was really playful,” Hicks said. “She loved arts and crafts and kids. She always had a pocketful of candy to hand out to the kids.”

Livingston’s aunt, Katie Armstrong, echoed many of the family members’ sentiments, called the shootings “senseless executions.”

Armstrong, who pastors a church in Bunn, thanked Gov. Pat McCrory for offering the reward for information leading to Robinson’s arrest.

“Her life mattered,” she said. “As did the lives of all three of these individuals.”

Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 919-496-7867.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225

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