Deal or no deal? Robson trial may begin Monday

LIHU‘E — After beating  second-degree attempted murder and other charges stemming from a Dec. 19 run in with a “pavilionaire,” Carrie Ann Robson is expected in court this coming Monday on one remaining charge from the incident.

Robson, 40, faces one count of first-degree terroristic threatening in which she allegedly threatened Patrick Craig with a machete at Hanalei Pavilion on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. It was the only charge a 12-person jury couldn’t agree on during Robson’s first trial in April. She was found not guilty on the remaining three, including the attempted murder charge, as well as second-degree assault and another count of first-degree terroristic threatening.

First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jake Delaplane said first-degree terroristic threatening is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Although prosecutor Melinda Mendes intended to go forward with the second trial following Robson’s other acquittals, Delaplane said it’s possible there will be no trial on Monday. It’s scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., in Fifth Circuit Judge Randal Valenciano’s courtroom.

“It’s set for trial and the prosecution and defense are in discussion as to what the appropriate disposition will be for the case,” Delaplane said.

Deputy Public Defender Christian Enright, expected to represent Robson Monday, said he doubts his client will stand another trial for the case, as he believes a settlement will be reached prior to that date.

 Robson bailed out of Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center on May 11, according to the Hawai‘i Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification system.

During Robson’s first trial, Craig testified that she threatened him with a machete after he refused to share beer and marijuana with her because she “never puts out,” and then rammed him in the back with her pick-up truck after he took the blade and refused to give it back. The 49-year-old Craig said the collision, which occurred while he was on the phone with a police dispatcher, caused him to break his left wrist.

Craig testified that he had drank about 18 beers, smoked half of a marijuana joint and drank tea made with hallucinogenic mushrooms by the time Robson showed up at the pavilion to fix a friend’s tire.

Enright argued that his client never struck Craig and had pulled out the machete to ward off Craig’s sexual advances.

Thomas Downey, the only witness to the defense, discounted Craig’s testimony by calling the homeless man a liar.

“Patrick Craig has lied to everybody about this case from the moment he picked up the phone on Dec. 19,” Enright said. “He has no shame. He doesn’t feel bad about what he’s doing to her.”

Patricia Whitfield, Robson’s mother, said Craig should face charges for perjury and that she doesn’t believe her daughter should take a plea deal.

“If it was me, I would never plead guilty to something that I didn’t do, that I’m not guilty of,” Whitfield said. “This was totally fabricated by Patrick, who was on mushroom juice all day.”

• Jessica Musicar, staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 224) or by e-mailing jmusicar@thegardenisland.com.

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