Jury unable to reach verdict in Bolton Hill rape-strangling case

Kevin Gerald Robinson is expected to receive new trial date

May 07, 2010|By Brent Jones, The Baltimore Sun

After four days of deliberations, a Baltimore jury failed to reach a verdict Thursday evening on a man charged with raping and killing a Bolton Hill woman more than 20 years ago, leading a Circuit Court judge to declare a mistrial, according to the city state's attorney's office.

Kevin Gerald Robinson was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Lisa Barselou, whose body was found beaten and submerged in the bathtub of her home in the 1700 block of Park Ave. in November 1989.

Evidence was built around decades-old DNA found on the woman after the attack, which remained preserved after the case turned cold. Prosecutors said the genetic material linked Robinson to the killing and cleared about a half-dozen other potential suspects, including a man police pursued for years as the primary suspect.

Detectives discovered in 2007 that Robinson's DNA was a match after sending samples to a national database. Robinson was in a Hagerstown prison at the time, serving a lengthy sentence for assault and kidnapping after he held four people hostage on the 12th floor of a downtown law office in 1995.

Robinson was believed to have been looking for a law firm employee he thought owed him money.

Six years before that incident, an attorney for Robinson said his client had consensual sex with Barselou but did nothing more. Nicholas Panteleakis, the lawyer, told the jury during the eight-day trial that the DNA could have been there up to five days before she was killed.

Prosecutors contend that the two did not know each other, and that Robinson lived less than one-third of a mile away from the victim at the time of the attack.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Charles Peters will soon set a new trial date.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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