No charges for Detroit high school basketball coach who shot, killed teen

Prosecutor says Ernest Robinson was acting in self defense

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DETROIT - A Detroit high school basketball coach won't be charged for fatally shooting a 16-year-old who was attempting to rob him.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday Ernest Robinson, 70, was acting in self defense when the shooting happened.

What happened:

On Feb.1, at about 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Martin Luther King High School, Robinson was leaving the school with two female basketball players when he was accosted by two teenage males as he unlocked the door to his car.

As the coach approached the driver's side of his car a 16-year-old male armed with a gun and a 15-year-old male, both of Detroit, approached Robinson and ordered him not to move.

It is alleged that 15-year-old, tugged at a chain Robinson was wearing.

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At the same time the 16-year-old pointed a gun toward the two females who were on the passenger side of the coaches car.

The females were instructed by the 16-year-old to leave the area and they ran toward Lafayette and were unharmed.

Police said Robinson, who has a concealed pistol license, fired at the teens, fatally striking the 16-year-old.

Teen charged as accomplice:

"The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office will not charge the basketball coach with any crime. This case is a textbook example of lawful self-defense. The coach is a victim, so we are charging the 15-year-old accomplice in this case. What is left here is absolutely tragic by any standard," said Prosecutor Worthy. 

The 15-year-old juvenile male in being held at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC).

He is charged with two counts of armed robbery and two assault with intent to rob while armed and will be adult designated.

Upon conviction an adult designation gives the judge three options: 1) to sentence the defendant as a juvenile; 2) to have a blended the sentence as juvenile and adult; 3) or to sentence the juvenile as an adult.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16, at JDC located at 1326 Saint Antoine in Detroit.

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