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Fort Smith man charged with murder posted $250,000 bail but given indigent status/public defender

Admad Rashad Robinson

A Fort Smith Man who was arrested for a First Degree Murder charge in Clarksville in March is walking the streets after meeting a $250,000 bail bond requirement in early May, according to information from Arkansas Court Connect.

Not only is twenty-year-old Admad Rashad Robinson out on bail, but on the same day the $250,000 bail requirements were met he applied for (and was later granted) indigent status. That decision means he only has to pay $100 to the public defender office $100 to mount his defense.

Raymond Knight

According to police, Robinson was a passenger in a vehicle in the drive-through at the Clarksville McDonalds around 9 PM Friday March 19 when he shot and killed the driver, 22 year-old Raymond Knight of Fort Smith. Witnesses said several vehicles were in the drive-through and patrons were inside the McDonalds when the shooting occurred.

Police later located and arrested Robinson, who had fled the scene, and he was booked into the Johnson County Detention Center at 2:38 AM the following morning and charged him with the Class Y Felony.

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Robinson had a pending trial date in Fort Smith Circuit Court on a number of charges when the murder occurred.

He was arrested in November of 2020 by the Fort Smith Police Department and spent four days behind bars on charges of Domestic Battery in the Third Degree-Purposely, Terroristic in the First Degree, Obstructing Governmental Operations, and Contempt of Court.

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He was released on November 26, 20 after posting a $6000 legally sufficient bond.

He is also wanted out of Fort Smith on a misdemeanor warrant for Contempt/Willful Disobedience for failure to pay $2,265 in fines, fees or child support.

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For some reason, none of the charges from his November arrest show up on Arkansas Court Connect or on the Sebastian County court database online where Today in Fort Smith obtained the original information.

The Sebastian County booking sheet for Robinson only shows he satisfied the Contempt charge with time served and that he remains bonded out on the other charges.

We will continue to watch this story and provide more information as it becomes available.

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