2nd Suspect in Custody for Jonesboro's First Murder

March 21, 2006---Posted at 5:15 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR--Jonesboro Police have a second suspect in custody in relation to the city's first murder case of the year. Melissa Wade, 35 years old was found dead in the backyard of a house on Fisher Street March 5th. Police already had Erica R. Robinson, 19 years old, in jail on unrelated charges but today she appeared in front of District Court Judge Keith Blackmon with the charge of first degree murder in what turned out to be an emotional day in court for Robinson.

"I didn't do it," said Robinson.

For the second time in less than a week the Jonesboro Police Department have made an arrest in the first murder case of the year.

"Today we are formerly charging Erica Robinson in connection to the homicide of Melissa Wade due to the further investigation it has come up that she was involved when the offense occurred," said Jonesboro Police Detective Chad Hogard.

Last Thursday, 34 year old Vincence Mathes of Jonesboro was charged with capitol murder and Tuesday Robinson was charged with first degree murder. It's a situation in which Robinson says she has no memory.

"I have been drugged and evidently taken there because I remember nothing about it. They say they have evidence but I know nothing about it," said Robinson.

Robinson is being held on a one million dollar bond for her alleged part in the murder of Melissa Wade. Someone Robinson says she barely even knew.

"I knew of her walking on the streets. Yes I did," said Robinson.

However was Robinson present when Melissa Wade was critically stabbed in the throat on March 5th?

"I have no idea, I was out of my mind," said Wade.

Police are still working on Robinson's connection to this murder.

"Right now I decline to make any comment on that. The case is still going and we are still investigating," said Hogard.

Under this charge of first degree murder Robinson could face a penalty of ten to forty years in prison all the way up to life in prison. Robinson and the other suspect Vincence Mathes are both scheduled to appear in court on April 21st.