Man charged with selling drugs to Cape Girardeau murder victim

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Armster Robinson III

A Charleston, Mo., man recently extradited to Missouri from DeKalb County, Ga., has been charged in Cape Girardeau County with distribution of cocaine and Monday was granted a change of venue to Mississippi County.

Authorities in Cape Girardeau sought to interview Armster "Bud" Robinson III, 20, last summer, after an Illinois man charged in the June murder of Matthew "Woody" Ervin linked him to the scene of the crime -- the intersection of Park Drive and Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau.

Robinson isn't charged in the crime, but instead is charged with distribution of a controlled substance for allegedly selling $50 worth of cocaine to Ervin at a convenience store on Bloomfield Street on June 26.

Robinson waived his arraignment Monday and hasn't received a new court date yet in Mississippi County. He was brought to Missouri Dec. 19 and a judge heard the facts in his case at a preliminary hearing Jan. 12.

Before Robinson's extradition to Missouri, Thomas D. Evans told Cape Girardeau detectives in an interview he was with Robinson at the convenience store the night of the murder. Ervin wanted to buy $100 worth of cocaine, but Evans said Robinson only had $50 worth in his pocket.

Evans was charged in the murder after a key found in Ervin's car was found to fit a residence belonging to Evans.

Ervin was found dead with gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Court documents allege Evans and Robinson rode with Ervin to the area of Park Drive after the drug sale, where police later found Ervin.

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Pertinent Address:

100 Court St., Jackson, MO

1021 Bloomfield St., Cape Girardeau, MO

Park Drive and Fountain Street, Cape Girardeau, MO

Map of pertinent addresses

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