MARION – As Judge Hunt always reminds, the wheels of justice turn slowly. He left out the torturous wait for trial while the defendant, witnesses, and families put their lives on hold.
The initial warrant against Groce Scot Robinson for Assault on a Female were issued on January 29, 2018. On February 11, 2018 a Second-Degree Kidnapping warrant was issued.
“This trial has been a long time coming, and we would like to extend our thanks to the members of jury who were diligently attentive throughout this trial. This trial was not about life and death, but you could not have told it by the attention paid by this jury of McDowell County citizens.This trial was based upon an allegation made by Autumn Grosser Robinson to gain advantage in a custody case – nothing more, nothing less. During her testimony over the course of multiple hearings – both in district court, family court and this Superior Court trial – her story changed to the point that she had trouble keeping the multiple accounts straight; including her initial assertion of a sexual assault that she forgot to include in her testimony until she was confronted with this omission during cross-examination.It is the belief of the defense that McDowell County District Court Judge Robert K. Martelle relied too heavily on the statements of this woman during the initial district court hearing when he found the defendant guilty, and failed to take into account her documented history and behaviors on the night in question and the days that followed.In an appeal to the Superior Court due to the verdict of guilty in the district court case, the defendant has now been found not guilty by jury of his peers. At the end of the day with this jury verdict the people of the State of North Carolina have agreed with the defendant and cleared his name – or as one juror stated at the completion of the trial ‘we just couldn’t believe her’.”