North Charleston man sentenced to 45 years for 2007 murder

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The man convicted of killing a Walterboro man was sentenced to a 45-year prison sentence without parole.

The sentence was handed down to 22-year-old Trevee Gethers for the Sept. 17, 2007, murder of Robert "Earl" Robinson.

According to testimony during the trial, Robinson was lured to the Haven Oaks apartments in Summerville by a co-defendant after which Gethers entered the victim's vehicle and demanded money.

Gethers shot Robinson once in the chest and fled the scene. He did not get any money from the victim. Police testified Gethers left behind multiple fingerprints and a Bluetooth cellphone earpiece.

DNA evidence presented all led back to Gethers.

Shortly after the crime, Gethers and the co-defendant fled to New York abandoning their vehicle in New Kent, Va., where they secured a bus ticket the rest of the way. The two were arrested in Manhattan and presented fake IDs to New York police.

The Dorchester County Jury reached its verdict after about 3 hours of deliberation. The case was prosecuted by Russell Hilton, of the Dorchester County Solicitor's Office.

"Both the defendant, and the family of Earl Robinson received the justice they deserved. We are very pleased with the sentence and verdict and commend the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office for an outstanding job investigating every angle of this case." Hilton said.

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