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Victim And Shooter's Wives Testify In Robertson Sentencing Hearing

When Laurie Kinne found out her husband had been shot, she says she threw her kids in the car, and raced to the school.

"He was yellow, his skin was yellow, and there was blood everywhere. GJ was screaming, 'Laurie, tell me my dad's going to be okay. Tell me it's going to be okay.'  I told him it was going to be okay, and I grabbed Gary Joe's hand, and he told me that he loved me," Kinne said.

She says she wanted to take her stepson GJ to the hospital with her, but the school's principal said he had to be placed in protective custody.

"He said, 'We have reason to believe that he's going after GJ and other members of your family," Kinne said.

Laurie told the jury she was not surprised Robertson shot her husband. She'd warned Gary Joe about him at a football event earlier in the year.

"When we left that night, I told Gary Joe, 'Stay away from that man. He's crazy. He's liable to shoot you," Kinne said.

Immediately after Laurie was dismissed, Jeff Robertson's wife, Carol, took the stand. She testified her husband has a severe alcohol problem, sometimes drinking an entire bottle of tequila a day. Carol said the day of the shooting, he called her, threatening to kill himself.

"He said I should have hugged him, because that was the last time I was going to see him alive," Robertson said.

Moments after the shooting, Robertson called her again.

"He just sounded very, very weak, and he said, 'It's bad, It's really bad.'  I told him, if he would just come home everything would be alright. We would work it out. We would do whatever necessary to make things right. And he just kept saying 'It's bad.' And I said, 'The police are here now.' And he said 'They are there?' And I said 'Yes,' and he said 'They are here. I've got to go," Robertson testified.

After that testimony, the prosecution played the 911 call Carol made after she found out about the shooting. She told the dispatcher Robertson shot a coach, because he did not like the way his son had been treated. Testimony is expected to wrap up tomorrow, then the jury will decide on Robertson's sentence.

For his convictions, Robertson could face up to 30 years in prison. That would only happen if the jury stacked the 10 and 20 year maximum sentences, but most people think they will be served at the same time. He will have to serve half of his sentence, before he's eligible for parole.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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