Man indicted on domestic assault charges

Staff Writer

A 58-year-old West Point man with a history of domestic violence is indicted on felony charges for assaults on his daughter and the girl's mother.

Roy Lee Robinson is free on $10,000 bond after his arrest this week.

He was indicted in April and arrested this week on charges of third offense domestic violence. Under state law, a third misdemeanor assault constitutes a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

In the new indictment, Robinson is accused of choking Yakoria Bell with a electric cord on Feb. 2, 2007. He also is charged with assaulting the daughter he has with Bell on March 3, 2017.

He was convicted on April 9, 2016 of assaults on both Bell and the daughter, according to Clay County Circuit Court records.

But the history goes back ever further,

He was indicted in April 2013 for kidnapping and aggravated domestic assault for allegedly holding Bell against her will on Dec. 1, 2012 and choking her with an electric cord then, too, according to court records.

But on July 23, 2014, Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman signed an order dismissing the charges at the request of prosecutors who said Bell declined to cooperate.

"Roy Lee Robinson and I were previously in a relationship and have children together. With our children in mind and for various other reasons, I have decided that I do not want to pursue the case against Roy Lee, and I will not testify against him," Bell said in a sworn affidavit filed as part of prosecutors' request to dismiss the charges.