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Two trial dates set for Superior homicide

Maria Lockwood mlockwood@superiortelegram.com Two more trials in connection with the shooting death of a Superior man were added Wednesday to Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek's calendar. Jury trials for brothers Kane Michael Robin...

Kane Robinson
Kane Robinson

Maria Lockwood

mlockwood@superiortelegram.com

Two more trials in connection with the shooting death of a Superior man were added Wednesday to Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek’s calendar.

Jury trials for brothers Kane Michael Robinson, 20, and Dallas Eugene Robinson, 19, of Duluth will take place in April. Both are charged as parties to a felony murder in connection with the slaying of

20-year-old Garth Velin, who was shot Sept. 30 in the entryway to his home in Superior’s Allouez neighborhood during a botched robbery attempt. Both pleaded not guilty to the charge in court Wednesday.

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“There was no need for this death to happen at all,” said Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank, who called the shooting a stereotypical case of senseless violence.

Velin was as close to an innocent victim as victims come, Blank said. The Superior man’s death was the result of “a lot of people making a lot of bad decisions with a horribly tragic result.”

Five people were charged in conjunction with Velin’s death.

Teah Joan Phillips, 17, of Superior and Kyham Lavon Dunn, 20, of Duluth also face party to felony murder charges. The suspect accused of pulling the trigger, Chance Andrews, 17, of Superior, faces a felony murder charge.

Phillips’ jury trial, also before Glonek, is set for Jan. 27. Kane Robinson’s trial was set for April 14; Dallas Robinson goes to trial two weeks later.

Glonek also may be tapped to hear the case against Andrews. The Superior man was expected to appear today in front of Douglas County Circuit Judge Kelly Thimm. His attorney, public defender Fredric Anderson, filed a request for a substitution of judge Tuesday with the Clerk of Courts.

“We’ll wait to get notice on who gets reassigned and a court date for him,” Blank said.

Such requests are uncommon, he said, but the judicial district administrator should make a decision on which judge will take the case within a week or two.

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Phillips’ mother, 43-year-old Alaysha Serene Phillips of Superior, also appeared in Douglas County Court on Wednesday for charges related to the shooting. Alaysha Phillips faces a felony charge of aiding a felon and misdemeanor obstructing an officer. She is accused of providing false information to Superior police officers and hiding her daughter’s cellphone, which held potential evidence about the crime, from police. Her attorney, Lauren Otto of Altoona, filed a motion to dismiss the felony charge Wednesday.

Because she had previously waived her time limits, Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy rescheduled the hearing for Dec. 17 to give Blank time to review the motion.

Alaysha Phillips remains free on a $1,000 signature bond. Her daughter was released on a $50,000 cash bond. The other defendants remain in custody at the Douglas County Jail.

 

Dallas Robinson
Dallas Robinson

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