LIMA – A jury trial will begin Tuesday in Lima for an Arizona man who police say was under the influence of alcohol when he was involved in a two-vehicle traffic accident that claimed the life of a Michigan boy more than 18 months ago.
Prosecutors say John Robinson, 65, of Phoenix, was traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 75 at the time of the crash that took place just before midnight May 2, 2018, near Beaverdam. The crash claimed the life of Christopher M. Watson, 15, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, who reportedly was returning with his family from a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida when the accident occurred.
Robinson is being held in the Allen County jail after being indicted by a grand jury on a second-degree felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide, four third-degree felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first-degree misdemeanors.
Robinson appeared in court earlier this week with the intention of firing his court-appointed attorney, Steve Chamberlain. Allen County Common Pleas Judge Terri Kohlrieser denied that request and ordered the trial to proceed as scheduled.