Selma Murder Suspects Make First Appearance in Court


By George McDonald

From the West Alabama newsroom-- Two Selma men suspected of capital murder make a first appearance in court Monday.

Twenty-two year old Rodney Walter, Jr. and twenty-one year old Maurice Pope, both of Selma, were each told the charges against them and appointed attorneys.

They're facing capital murder in the shooting death of 62 year old Orlando Robinson. Police say they shot and robbed Robinson at the Cheers Package Store on Broad Street at around midnight Sunday and Robinson later died at the hospital.

The case is now in the hands of Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.

“It's just sad that somebody got killed over about 42, 43 dollars,” said Jackson. “Life just doesn't seem to be worth a lot to young people these days,” he said. “Of course we are going to proceed through the court system and make sure justice is done.”

A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for February 25th. Both suspects are being held in the Dallas County jail without bond.

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