The accused killer in a 1997 Sequoyah County cold case was back in court Thursday morning (June 12).
Rex Robbins is accused of beating Mitchell Nixon to death in Sallisaw 17 years ago. He was arrested in March of 2013 after authorities cracked the cold case back open.
Robbins was in court for his jury trial sound docket, which is preparation for his jury trial. His jury trial has been scheduled for June 30 at 1:30 p.m., according to a court official.
Nixon died of “blunt trauma” to the head, according to a probable cause affidavit.
After his arrest, Robbins told investigators a friend picked him up in October 1997 and that he and the friend did drugs together, according to the affidavit. The suspect told authorities they went to a tower on Tower Estates Road and that two other people showed up, one of them was Nixon.
According to the court document, Robbins claims one of the other men hit Nixon with a rock. Robbins admitted to hitting Nixon as well, according to the affidavit.
Robbins told investigators one of the other people involved wanted to “bully” Nixon and get his truck. Robbins says Nixon told them to stop as they allegedly hit him, according to the court document.
The suspect told authorities one of the other people took the rear view mirror from Nixon’s truck and used it to do drugs. The affidavit says Robbins claims he washed the outside of Nixon’s truck and changed his bloody clothes.
Robbins told investigators he took the truck to the Walmart parking lot in Sallisaw and left it with the truck with the keys in it, according to a court document.
His trial has been pushed back several times, for various reasons, since his arrest.
Robbins is set to appear before Judge Jeff Peyton at 9 a.m. The judge is expected to set a date for Robbin’s jury trial there, according to the court clerk.
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