Lowcountry man found guilty of murder in 2015 Mother's Day killing

Kenneth Lamont Robinson Jr. is on trial for the shooting death of a 36-year-old woman. (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Kenneth Lamont Robinson Jr. is on trial for the shooting death of a 36-year-old woman. (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man charged with murder on Mother's Day in 2015 has been found guilty.

A jury found Kenneth Robinson guilty of the murder of 36-year-old Kedena Brown, a mother of three, who was killed after a high speed chase.

He was also found guilty of four counts of first-degree assault and battery.

Robinson's attorney made a motion for a new trial following the verdict, but the judge denied the request. The jury deliberated for nearly five and a half hours before coming to their decision.

Robinson was only 15 years old at the time of the shooting.

Police say he was not the triggerman but was in the car at the time Kedena Brown was shot and killed.

"A mother had to bury her daughter. Children who will forever dread Mother's Day every year," said prosecutor Culver Kidd.

During closing arguments, Kidd urged the jury to remember the true victim in this case: Kedena Brown.

Prosecutors say Kenneth Robinson was riding in the car with Richard Simmons when he shot and killed Brown.

While Robinson didn't pull the trigger, Kidd argued he is still responsible under the hand of one is the hand of all law.

"Everyone in that Honda CRV is guilty of murder. Everyone," Kidd said.

"Just being there, doesn't make you guilty," said Robinson's defense attorney Megan Ehrlich."Just riding in the car with somebody, doesn't make you guilty."

Robinson's ankle monitor logged his GPS coordinates showing he was in the chase that led to Brown's death.

"They didn't link that Kenneth Robinson was involved in all of this gang warfare," Ehrlich said.  
 
"You have a group of individuals feeding off one another's energy," Kidd said."You have them boosted with automated weapons, adrenaline."

Ehrlich urged the jury to analyze the testimony from Robinson's co-defendants in the case.

Men who placed Robinson at the scene.

"These people have all the motivation in the world to come and lie," Ehrlich said."I know he says that they're motivated to tell the truth, but whose truth is important."

Robinson decided not to testify in his own defense.

His defense attorney says she's had several conversations with her client over the last few weeks. His family also spoke to him earlier Wednesday afternoon before that decision was made.

The defense also did not call any witnesses in the trial.

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