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Charges dropped against 2 Shreveport men in cold case murders

Jake Robinson, 62 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) Jake Robinson, 62 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
Henry Robinson, 63 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) Henry Robinson, 63 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

The charges against 2 Shreveport men in connection to 2 old slayings and another recent crime are being dropped.

The Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office is dropping the murder charges for 62-year-old Jake Robinson and his brother 63-year-old Henry Robinson. They are already out on bond and will be released from their bond obligations once the charges are dropped.

The crimes the Robinsons were charged remain under investigation and they continue to be suspects, according to the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office. The death of one key witness and questions about the veracity of testimony provided by others led to the decision to dismiss the current charges.

Jake was facing charges in connection to the February 2004 second-degree murder of Harold Bruce Cotton. Cotton was found murdered in the back seat of his car on White Springs Road on the Caddo and DeSoto parishes line.

Jake was also facing a charge of solicitation of murder, based on a March 2015 incident against a witness. Those charges were also dismissed. 

Henry was charged in connection to the March 1988 second-degree murder of 44-year-old  Claudell Staten. Staten’s body was found by a passing driver on Ellerbe Road north of Robson Road on March 20, 1988. He was shot several times. Sheriff’s detectives said he was shot during a struggle inside his moving car. He was left outside on the ground after the vehicle crashed.

Anyone with information on the Staten and Cotton homicides is asked to call the Caddo Parish District Attorney's office, (318) 226-6826.

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