Rape trial: Jury to continue today


By Greg Sowinski - [email protected]



Walter Robinson enters the courtroom Thursday during his trial. He is accused of kidnapping and raping two women more than 10 years ago. He became a suspect in both rapes when his DNA was linked to two unsolved cases through a computer match.

Walter Robinson enters the courtroom Thursday during his trial. He is accused of kidnapping and raping two women more than 10 years ago. He became a suspect in both rapes when his DNA was linked to two unsolved cases through a computer match.


Greg Sowinski | The Lima News

LIMA — A man who became a suspect in the alleged rapes of two women from a DNA match after he was charged in another crime will have to wait another night before a jury decides his fate.

After about four hours of deliberations Thursday, the jury did not reach a verdict and wanted to go home for the evening in the case against Walter Robinson. The jury will return at 8:30 a.m. today to resume deliberations.

The 54-year-old Robinson is charged with four counts of rape and two counts of kidnapping over separate incidents with two women that happened more than 10 years before the DNA hit.

Robinson served a prison sentenced for aggravated arson, which led to the collection of his DNA.

One incident occurred Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2004. He is accused of taking a 17-year-old girl to a business that was closed and forcing her to have sex with him.

“He told her if she wanted to live to see tomorrow you will do exactly what I say,” said Destiny Caldwell, an assistant Allen County prosecutor. “She told us she never fought him off because she wanted to live.”

The other incident happened April 16 to April 18, 2005. Robinson is accused of meeting a 43-year-old woman, taking her to a house and repeatedly raping her over several days, Caldwell said.

Robinson’s attorney, Steve Chamberlain, said he does not dispute Robinson had sex with the women but said it was consensual.

Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser said Robinson denied even having sex with the women during an interview with a Lima Police detective. When the detective then told him he had Robinson’s DNA matched from two unsolved cases in which the DNA was submitted for comparison to DNA profiles in a database did Robinson change his tune. That was played on video tape to the jury, with Robinson telling the detective he sometimes exchanged drugs for sex.

Still, Chamberlain said the sex was consensual and the DNA just supports what Robinson eventually admitted to happened.

“I’m telling you they had sex. What it comes down to is one word: consent,” Chamberlain said.

Chamberlain attacked the credibility of the two alleged victims, saying the 17-year-old girl sneaked out of her aunt’s house that night and used drugs. He told jurors the idea of casual sex may not be normal to them but there are people who live a completely different life than most people know.

“Different strokes for different folks,” Chamberlain said.

He said the older alleged victim was a drug addict who couldn’t even get her story straight.

Kohlrieser defended the alleged victims. She said no matter their lifestyle, no one deserves to be raped.

“They are not the pastor’s wife, they are not the nun outside the church,” Kohlrieser said. “They were both raped multiple ways and nobody deserves that. Don’t let this man get away with something that was not their fault.”

Walter Robinson enters the courtroom Thursday during his trial. He is accused of kidnapping and raping two women more than 10 years ago. He became a suspect in both rapes when his DNA was linked to two unsolved cases through a computer match.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/06/web1_Walter-Robinson-11-.jpgWalter Robinson enters the courtroom Thursday during his trial. He is accused of kidnapping and raping two women more than 10 years ago. He became a suspect in both rapes when his DNA was linked to two unsolved cases through a computer match. Greg Sowinski | The Lima News

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