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Douglas Robinson is escorted from the Lycoming County Courthouse following a preliminary hearing on charges related to the October 2021 shooting of a city woman in the 600 block of Maple Street.

Nearly three years after a 25-year-old mother of two was struck by a stray bullet in the second-story bedroom of her home in the 600 block of Maple Street, the suspected shooter has been named.

Douglas Robinson, of Williamsport, will stand trial for the Oct. 12, 2021, shooting that occurred around 8:30 p.m., District Judge Aaron Biichle ruled following a preliminary hearing Friday morning.

Following a disturbing trend in all of the most serious cases reviewed recently by the Lycoming County Prosecutor's Office, the exact charges Robinson will face are currently under seal, with the exception of one count of attempted felony murder, which was challenged in public hearing. .

The victim, who was struck in the upper right part of the head, was rushed into surgery at UPMC Williamsport, where doctors had to remove bone and bullet fragments from his brain. Her injuries forced her to wear a helmet for a time and she suffers from memory loss, City Officer Brittaney Alexander said in court testimony.

Her two children were not injured in the shooting.

A witness called by District Attorney Tom Marino testified that he and Robinson, both minors at the time, were together the day of the shooting and were playing basketball at the YMCA, before going to a convenience store. local dollar.

Shortly after leaving, Robinson informed the witness, who was in the driver's seat of his white Jeep Grand Cherokee, that he had forgotten his wallet, and they turned around and headed toward Robinson's house.

As they approached the corner of Banister Place and Memorial Avenue, the two men spotted three individuals, one of whom raised his hand and made a shooting motion toward the Jeep, the witness said.

“I have something for them” Robinson said, according to the witness, before pulling a gun out of his backpack and firing three shots from his passenger side window. The shots were returned, the witness said, although that was later called into question during testimony from Alexander, who said there was no evidence of multiple shots.

The witness said the two men did not speak about the incident until they learned about the victim in the case through Facebook posts.

Robinson was reluctant to discuss it, stating simply: “Everything is going to be okay. It’s perfect. We’re going to be okay,” according to testimonies.

During cross-examination by defense attorney Jeana Longo, the witness said he was shot at another time, while driving his fiancee's rental car, but he could not get away. remember if it was before or after the October shooting.

Two bullet holes were evident in a window on the victim's upstairs, and one bullet was recovered in that area, Alexander testified. A .40-caliber shell casing matching the bullet was also found near the scene along Memorial Avenue, she said.

Additional bullets were found lodged in vehicles along Memorial Avenue by investigators the next day, Alexander said, although they all multiplied, making them impossible to forensically test.

Surveillance video from a nearby community center captured a vehicle matching the witness's, identifiable by its unique rims, around the same time as the shooting, she said.

After receiving several tips from Crime Watch, Alexander pulled over the witness' vehicle on November 23, 2021. At that time, Robinson was also in the vehicle, who insisted on retrieving his backpack from the Jeep after “Alexandre took possession of the vehicle, via a search warrant,” she testified.

At one point, Robinson attempted to open the passenger side door, prompting Alexander to close it to prevent him from retrieving items.

A .40-caliber Blackhawk pistol was found on the front passenger side of the Jeep, under a backpack belonging to Robinson, Alexander testified. The firearm contained one round in the chamber and 14 rounds in the magazine. An additional 15-round clip was also present.

While on scene, police received a call from a man, identified as Lester James, who said he had a handgun in the vehicle and asked for it back, a request which was refused, Alexander said.

Laboratory tests conducted by State Police and the Tobacco and Firearms Agency confirmed a match between the bullet found at the victim's home, as well as Robinson's DNA and a “potential contributor” on the gun, Alexander testified.

Reserving his argument on all other charges, Longo implored Biichle to dismiss a charge of attempted first-degree murder, arguing that even though he had acted recklessly, Robinson had not intended to kill an individual in particular, recounting the witness's testimony that Robinson simply stuck the gun out the window and fired.

Gunshots were being returned from somewhere, Longo said, leaving uncertainty about where the bullet came from that struck the victim so high.

She also cited testimony that Robinson said “I hope she gets through this” as denying any intention Robinson may have had to kill the victim.

Who said this remains unclear, as the witness previously said he expressed this sentiment himself.

Deputy Prosecutor Lindsey Sweeley argued that the intent referred to a specific crime, not necessarily the victim affected.

Taking the actions he did in shooting a gun at someone was enough for the charge to stand, she said, noting that the action implies criminal intent even if a different victim is affected.

Longo again highlighted the witness' testimony that the shots were fired randomly, without Robinson looking, making it a reckless act, not eligible under victim transfer.

At the end of the trial, Biichle bound over all counts for trial.

No trial date has been set in this case.

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