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State drops death penalty push in stabbing murder case

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

State prosecutors said they will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence for a former jailer in a murder trial.

Allen Robinson is set to stand trial beginning April 27. He is charged with stabbing his girlfriend Roshonda Dowell to death in November 2008.

Prosecutors said Robinson chased down Dowell in the parking lot of an East Albany grocery store, and stabbed her to death as horrified witnesses looked on.

Robinson and Dowell lived together for eight years, and had three children.

Dowell's family made the decision on the death penalty. "Because it is a long road. And we just been going through this for almost seven years. And I just want justice for my daughter," said Mary Tinson, the victim's mother.

Late last year Robinson was found mentally competent to stand trial. His lawyers have file motions seeking to have Robinson declared mentally retarded. The murder and kidnapping trial is now scheduled to begin April 27th.

Defense attorneys filed 112 defense motions that both sides and the judge have been discussing ahead of the trial, which is scheduled to begin on April 27.

Robinson has been held in the Dougherty County jail, where he once worked, since November 2008.

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