The suspect in the May shooting death of a Sharon man made his first appearance in court Tuesday.
Eddie James Robinson Jr., 26, of Youngstown, Ohio, was arraigned before District Judge Dennis M. Songer in connection with the murder of Khalil “Champ” Hopson. Robinson has been in the Mercer County Jail on a $1 million bond since Tuesday, according to court documents.
He is currently facing six charges including criminal homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary and is scheduled to appear in court again for his preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 17 before Songer.
The charges stem from Robinson’s involvement in the May 23 robbery and shooting death of Hopson in his Sharon home.
When police arrived at the house at 5:32 a.m., Hopson was lying on the kitchen floor. His pit bull Blue had also been shot. Hopson died later that day. Blue died from his injuries a few days later.
Police found no signs of forced entry. Hopson’s father allegedly told police that Alexis Evonna Holmes, 21, of New Castle, let the shooter inside.
Holmes told police that three armed men rushed the porch and told the couple to get on the ground, where Holmes froze while Hopson ran into the house followed by two of the gunmen.
However, a witness told police that Holmes and Robinson had been shopping together on the morning of May 24 in the Youngstown area, then later stayed in a Youngstown hotel. Police also discovered text messages from Holmes and Robinson discussing a plan to rob Hopson.
Holmes and Robinson were arrested together June 5 in an Austintown, Ohio, hotel by the U.S. Marshals and officers with the Mahoning Valley Task Force. According to the police report, the couple had controlled substances and $6,500 in cash, which was separated with small black rubber bands. A family member told police Hopson often separated bills with those same bands.
Police traced Snapchat posts on Holmes’ account from May 24 in Charlotte, N.C., and May 27 and May 28 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Myrtle Beach police were also able to confirm that Holmes’ car had been in the city.
Holmes is facing similar charges and is awaiting trial in Mercer County Court of Common Pleas.