Local Man Convicted of Capital MurderFeatured Stories, News Thursday, February 7th, 2013
A College Station man convicted of capital murder will begin the punishment phase of his trial Friday morning.
Stanley Robertson has been found guilty of the kidnapping and stabbing murder of his ex-girlfriend’s mother, Annie Toliver, and dumping her body in a parking lot in Fort Worth in August of 2010.
Several of Toliver’s family members wept as prosecutors made their final arguments before Judge J.D. Langley in the Brazos County Courthouse.
The defense, which did not address Robertson’s mental capacity as it had in the opening statements, focused on law and legal terms, explaining the differences between capital murder and lesser killings.
Defense called Toliver’s death a “tragic and sad loss of life,” but argued that the jury was obligated to favor Robertson if there was any reasonable doubt that Toliver had been kidnapped, or that Robertson had intended to kill her.
In response to questioning the intent to kill, the state quoted Robertson’s words recorded from phone conversations.
They showed photos of the blood-covered seat, and exhibited a drawing that documented Toliver’s wounds.
They said she was stabbed a minimum of 38 times in the back, neck, head, face and eye, and asked, “Does that not tell you what the intent is?”
Later, all eyes were on Toliver’s blood-soaked shirt as state prosecutors counted the number of cuts allegedly made by Robertson’s knife.
While defense lawyers inferred that Robertson did not necessarily intend to kill Toliver because of the treatable nature of her wounds, the state argued that his decision not to take her to a hospital was part of the intent to kill, saying, “He told them what he was going to do, he did it, and then told them that he did.”
Defense lawyers argued that the case was based on circumstantial evidence, and asked jurors to consider whether evidence was irrefutable or merely speculation.
They cautioned them not to accuse Robertson of more than what he had done, even though they had been shown some “mighty ugly things.”
In response, state attorneys passionately exclaimed that Robertson sat taunting Toliver’s family as he watched her die.
They told jurors, “The blood is on the ground… Annie is trusting you, right now, to give her justice.”
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