State to seek death penalty in Facebook live murder trial

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UPDATE (6/19/18): The State today announced that it will seek the death penalty in the trial of Johnathan Robinson.

Robinson is accused in the April death of Rannita Williams.

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UPDATE (5/21/18): The man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend while the world watched on Facebook Live will have to wait another week to enter a plea. 

Johnathan Robinson, 37, is charge with second-degree murder in the April 11 death of 27-year-old Rannita Williams.

Although Robinson was scheduled to be arraigned in Caddo District Court this morning, the arraignment was postponed until May 29, when a preliminary examination is scheduled. 

Defense attorney Kurt Goins filed a motion on April 27 requesting a preliminary examination be held prior to the case being sent to the grand jury. 

Robinson also is charged with seven counts of attempted second-degree murder for the police officer he’s accused of shooting and injuring, as well as six he’s accused of shooting at.

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Bond is set against the man accused of killing a woman moments after broadcasting on Facebook Live.

According to the booking information at Caddo Correctional Center, bond against Johnathan Williams is set at $785,000. Bond for the second degree murder charge is $750,000.

Police say he shot and killed Rannita Williams on Thursday. 

Robinson is also charged with seven counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of simple criminal damage to property and  being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

ORIGINAL:

The suspect accused of killing a woman moments after broadcasting on Facebook Live is facing additional charges. 

Johnathan Williams is originally charged with second degree murder and  being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Police say he shot and killed Rannita Williams on Thursday. 

According to the booking information at the Caddo Correctional Center, Robinson is now facing seven counts of attempted first degree murder and two counts of simple criminal damage to property.

Police say when Robinson was originally taken to the Shreveport City Jail he became combative with staff and officials. 

Police say Robinson damaged his cell, resulting in his transfer to Caddo Correctional Center.

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