Dwandarrius Robinson Gets the Nancy Grace Treatment for Allegedly Lighting Pregnant Girlfriend on Fire
If you're the subject of Nancy Grace's TV show, you probably messed up somewhere.
Phoenix resident Dwandarrius Robinson (D'Wandarrius, according to his Facebook page) was featured on last night's program because the body of his pregnant girlfriend, Shaniqua Hall, was found bound in burning inside the couple's apartment last week, and police think Robinson's the one responsible.
One of New Times' (ahem) ruggedly handsome writers made a brief appearance on the show last night, as did Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump and some others.
Crump dropped a couple details on the case, including the fact that Robinson was a security guard, which kind of gives him an excuse for owning handcuff keys.
Why his girlfriend was handcuffed, though, doesn't come with an explanation.
According to court documents, Robinson called 9-1-1 on July 12, reporting a fire at his apartment, and saying he was "unsure" whether Hall was inside.
A firefighter would eventually find Hall's body on fire, between the wall and the bed in the master bedroom.
Hall's hands and feet were bound, with a strip of duct tape covering her eyes, according to the documents.
Robinson was in the apartment complex's courtyard during this time, holding his and Hall's 2-year-old girl.
Robinson told police he was at work all morning, and when he got off work at 1 p.m., he went to a grocery store -- to buy lighter fluid and duct tape, the documents state.
Police say Robinson had an explanation: the duct tape was for a "box project," and the lighter fluid was for a barbeque they were having a few days later -- the day Hall was due to deliver her new baby. Police would recover a couple rolls of duct tape from the scene, but not the lighter fluid.
Robinson told the cops he went to a friend's place to pay off a $5 marijuana debt after returning from the grocery store, then took his daughter to Burger King for lunch.
When he came back to the apartment that afternoon, he said he heard the fire alarm going off, and saw that the windows were black with smoke, and he could smell the smoke as he approached.
The first problem with that, police note, is that the first officer to enter the apartment didn't see any black smoke in the windows, nor did he smell any smoke until he actually went inside.
Robinson told the cops he called 9-1-1, then sat in his car to run the air conditioning "since he was hot." A couple of the panelists on the show last night went ballistic over that one.
Robinson said he never went inside the apartment -- even though he thought his girlfriend and unborn child were inside -- because "he feared being burned and leaving his children orphaned," the documents state.
Aside from the duct tape connection, police also note that Hall's hands were bound in handcuffs.
Inside Robinson's pants pocket, police found a condom wrapper and handcuff keys.
The court documents cite Phoenix Fire Department arson investigators, who determined that an accelerant had been used in the fire.
The fire didn't spread though, because police say Robinson shut the door to the bedroom, cutting off the air supply and preventing the fire from spreading.
"[Aside] from the fire damage [in the bedroom], the apartment appeared undisturbed with items of obvious value still present," the documents state.
On the kitchen counter, police found two rolls of duct tape -- one unused, and the other "almost completely used," according to the documents.
Robinson maintained that he didn't have anything to do with Hall's death, but said they had an argument that day because Hall was "too lazy" to deliver a maternity note to her employer.
Robinson's still being held in jail on $2 million bond, as he faces two counts of first-degree murder, one count of arson of an occupied structure, and one count of kidnapping.
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