Drug overdose murder trial rescheduled to May | nvdaily

FRONT ROYAL — The jury trial of a Leesburg man accused of providing drugs that led to an overdose has been rescheduled for May 4 as a result of a witness for the prosecution being out on medical leave.

Johnny Lee Robinson III, 39, is charged with murder and distribution of fentanyl, methylfentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

Front Royal police say Robinson sold drugs to a 33-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man before the man was pronounced dead following the report of an overdose on June 13.

The woman and the man snorted drugs in the bathroom of her apartment on Kendrick Lane throughout the evening of the overdose, court documents state. Two doses of Narcan were administered and CPR was performed by a Front Royal Police Department officer before emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead.

Robinson was set to have a two-day trial on Jan. 3, but a member of the medical examiner’s office is on maternity leave. The same examiner’s medical leave previously led to a continuance of David Knott’s murder trial in Shenandoah County.

The continuance came after Judge William Sharp denied a motion from the defense to suppress evidence from witnesses that the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office did not immediately share with the defense. Sharp’s ruling cited, in part, his belief that there was nothing to suggest a deliberate delay by the prosecution in disclosing the witnesses’ evidence.

Sharp did bar testimony about text messages from a witness. He said the defense did not receive adequate time to investigate the material.

With his rulings on the evidence, Sharp did not dismiss the case following a request to do so by Robinson’s attorneys Tyler Simmers and Martin Scheller.

Robinson was granted a $5,000 bond and released from jail after the rescheduling of the trial.


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