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Two arrested in slaying

Police: Motive appears to have been robbery

Police: Motive appears to have been robbery

July 05, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Two men were charged late Wednesday night in the murder of an 87-year-old man found beaten and stabbed to death in his Huyetts Lane home early Monday morning, Maryland State Police said.

Robert Steven Robinson, 42, and Otho Wayne Robinson, 47, both of the 12000 block of Gateway Ave., were being held without bond Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center.

The motive for the slaying appears to have been robbery, Lt. Bud Frank said.

The men are charged with first-degree murder, burglary, robbery, first-degree assault and theft.

The relationship of the two men, if any, wasn't known Thursday.

The crime was discovered shortly after Ward's daughter was unable to reach him by telephone at 6 a.m. Monday. She went to his home at 12205 Huyetts Lane and found him, police said.

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Since then, troopers have been interviewing residents and potential witnesses and following up on forensic evidence. The investigation led to the Robinsons and they were taken into custody without incident late Wednesday night, police said.

A number of search warrants were issued for a residence or residences used by the Robinsons, police said. Several pieces of evidence were seized.

Gateway Avenue runs south off U.S. 40 directly across from the Hagerstown Speedway west of Huyetts Crossroads.

The Ward property includes a modest white, two-story house and four outbuildings on Huyetts Lane, which leads to a dead end. The road runs parallel to Md. 63 with a dense wooded area in between.

Police are continuing their investigation but do not anticipate additional arrests.

The Robinsons will appear today before a Washington County District Court judge to determine if bond will be set.

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