Man appeals murder conviction in 2006 death of pregnant Kansas teen

Chelsea Brooks (Source: Family of Chelsea Brooks) Elgin Robinson (Source: Kansas Department of Corrections)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) Elgin "Ray Ray" Robinson plans to appeal his conviction in the death of 14-year-old Chelsea Brooks.

A Sedgwick County jury convicted Robinson of capital murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and violation of a protection from abuse order in 2008. Prosecutors say he had Brooks killed in 2006 because she was pregnant, and he didn't want to go to jail for rape.

Robinson was sentenced to life without parole, followed by 247 additional months. His convictions were affirmed on appeal to the Supreme Court, and his attempts to seek relief under K.S.A. 60-1507 were denied.

In 2015, Robinson filed a pro se motion seeking discovery of evidence of the State's withholding of information impeaching the credibility of the police detective on his case.

He alleged the State should be compelled to disclose the evidence under Brady and Giglio that was relevant during the police investigation.

The district court denied Robinson's motion, finding the State was not in possession of any information covered by Robinson's motion and there was no evidence to produce.

Robinson's current grounds for appeal include whether: 1) the district court abused its discretion in denying Robinson's post-conviction motion requesting production of exculpatory discovery; 2) Robinson's claims were speculative and conclusory; and 3) the evidence would have altered the jury's verdict.

Robinson's appeal will be heard on Tuesday, December 11 at 9 a.m. in Topeka.