Suspects in Louisa home invasion, murder now face more severe charges

Suspects in Louisa home invasion, murder now face more severe charges
Kevin Robinson was found dead Wednesday in his house.
[Left to Right] Darcel Murphy, Tobias Owens, Dion Phoenix (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)
[Left to Right] Darcel Murphy, Tobias Owens, Dion Phoenix (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Three people now face 1st-degree murder charges in a deadly home invasion in Louisa.

A Louisa Grand Jury indicted Dion Phoenix, Darcel Murphy and Tobias Owens on several counts in the March 2016 murder of Kevin Robinson. Each faces a charges of 1st-degree murder, as well as robbery and weapons charges.

Deputies arrested Phoenix, Murphy and Owens on 2nd-degree murder charges in April in connection with the death of Robinson, who was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on March 30 in his home in the 2100 block of Oakland Road.

Phoenix and Murphy are being held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail, while Owens is being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. They will all be arraigned on September 12.

The Louisa Sheriff's Office says family members stopped by Robinson's home and found him dead in a back bedroom. They initially thought Robinson had suffered a heart attack, but rescue crews determined he had been shot several times.

Authorities originally said robbery didn't appear to be a motive and that it appeared Robinson fired back during a home invasion.

Family members said Robinson was a happy person and was always smiling.

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