Murder trial Monday

Published 11:20 am Saturday, January 28, 2012

COURTLAND—A Suffolk man will stand trial Monday, Jan. 30, in the murder of a Southampton County man.

Darrin Robinson, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Darrin Lee on Oct. 7, 2010. The trial will start at 9:30 a.m. in Southampton County Circuit Court and could last two days.

Bruce Boone, 19, of Suffolk in September admitted to second-degree murder for Lee’s death and faces 8 to 18 years in prison. He avoided the possibility of life in prison by making the deal.

Ernest Jones, 23, of Portsmouth admitted to second-degree murder and faces 13 to 23 years in prison.

Sentencing has yet to be scheduled for both.

Shahon Cumbo, 23, of Franklin is scheduled for a jury trial on Monday, Feb. 6, for first-degree murder.

Rasheed Brown, 22, of Franklin, who was named by Boone as the triggerman, is also charged with first-degree murder and has a jury trial scheduled for Tuesday, March 6.

Lee — a well-known drug dealer, according to prosecutors — was abducted by the suspects from Man Market on South Street in Franklin and taken to his home. Lee, 28, drove them to his home, but was reluctant to let them inside because he had family there. During the incident, a car pulled up and flashed its lights. That’s when the shooting occurred.