MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The man accused in the shooting death of a Mobile grandmother appeared in court on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 for a preliminary hearing.
Investigators said 21-year-old Maurice Harris shot Lai Robinson, known affectionately as the Candy Lady, during a robbery at her home on Latimer Lane in June 2013. Robinson later died from her injuries.
Harris is charged with murder and robbery. At Tuesday's hearing, Judge Bob Sherling sent the case to a grand jury.
The defense admits Harris was at Robinson's home the night she was killed. Defense attorney Buzz Jordan said his client met up with two guys to buy drugs in Robinson's neighborhood.
He said he didn’t know the two men.
Jordan said the drug dealers led Harris to Robinson's home and ambushed his client.
"When they got there, they actually tried to rob him. Put a gun in his face then robbed him. And then robbed the lady that had some money behind the window,” said Jordan.
The prosecution does not believe that story. It said Harris is the one who robbed and murdered Robinson.
"The evidence is that an individual leaned into to he window broke it out and began shooting at her and then fled from the scene with another individual and that person was carrying a stool,’ said Assistant District Attorney Jill Phillips.
Sometime after the murder, the foot stool turned up again according to investigators. The prosecution said traces of blood were on the foot stool, and the DNA matched the defendants.
The defense said there is a reason why his client's blood was found.
"I think he grabbed the stool to try to keep from getting shot. It's kind of a natural reaction to grab it. You’re not going to rob a stool or steal a stool. The only reason for him to grab the stool was to protect himself from being shot,” Jordan said.
A grand jury will decide if the case will move forward.
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