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Police continue investigation into suspicious death

October 13, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -Police continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found lying in the middle of U.S. 11 south of Martinsburg Sunday morning and have received a few tips from the public, according to an investigator with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Among the tips received were names of people who may have been with Carlton Edward Robinson, 25, of 119 Church St., Martinsburg, said Lt. K.C. Bohrer.

"We've been running down leads all day," Bohrer said.

Robinson was found at nearly the same time police were dispatched to Champs Nightclub for a 1:30 a.m. report of a fight and another call that gunshots had been fired. Three spent shell casings were found outside of the bar's front door, Bohrer said.

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Robinson was found lying in the northbound lane of U.S. 11 in front of Penn Liquors, which is three buildings south of the club. Both the liquor store and nightclub are less than a mile south of the intersection of U.S. 11, W.Va. 45 and W.Va. 9.

Police are still not sure whether Robinson's death was connected to the shooting or the fight, Bohrer said.

As part of the ongoing investigation officers talked to club owners and bouncers. They also are trying to obtain surveillance video footage from businesses in the area, Bohrer said.

Robinson's injuries - including head and facial trauma and abrasions on his legs and back - are consistent with being hit by a car, police have said. He was taken to City Hospital and then flown to Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, where he died, police said.

A shattered pool cue with blood on it was found next to him, police said.

Bohrer said the car that hit Robinson might have been a gold-colored Lincoln Navigator or Ford Expedition. Both are large sport utility vehicles.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday morning, but Bohrer said Tuesday evening that he had not yet received the results.

Anyone with information may call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000 or the anonymous Berkeley County Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999.

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