Murder Trial of Stanley Robertson BeginsFeatured Stories, News Monday, February 4th, 2013
Stanley Robertson of College Station pleaded “not guilty” this morning during the opening statements of his trial.
Robertson is accused of the kidnapping and stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend’s mother, Annie Toliver, in August of 2010.
With Judge J.D. Langley presiding, state prosecutors set the scene, claiming that Toliver died slowly by bleeding to death from more than 30 non-fatal stab wounds to her back, neck, and head, while Robertson sat beside her making tormenting phone calls to her family.
Prosecutors called it a “mission of murder, torture, and revenge,” and said Toliver could easily have been saved if she had received medical treatment.
Meanwhile, defense claimed that Robertson is guilty of murder, but not capital murder, calling him “a broken human being who finally snapped.”
They say Robertson was used for money, was “provoked” into committing the murder in a rage, and is “slow, and mentally retarded, but he understands that what he did was wrong.”
Prosecutors said that during the police chase through Fort Worth, where Toliver’s body was found, Robertson had been drinking and was confused.
They also aim to prove that Toliver was not kidnapped, but joined Robertson at will.
Witnesses called included Toliver’s granddaughter and a close friend.
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