JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Robert Curtis Robinson, Jr. appeared in court Friday, facing murder charges in connection to the murder of Felecia Channell.
Judge David Boling charged Robinson with murder in the 1st degree along with abuse of a corpse, in the murder of Felecia Channell, who was found dead in her home on Floyd Street in north Jonesboro on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Channell, age 33 of Jonesboro, was found dead in her home by a family member.
Police said Channell was found on the floor of her bedroom, with her hands bound and with a plastic bag found over her head.
Robinson was arrested in Bald Knob after being on the run for two days.
During an interview with police, Robinson told police that on the day of the murder, he and Channell were involved in a BDSM sexual act, when she became unresponsive.
He told the police, that since he thought she was dead, he staged the murder scene, to make it look like an unknown person committed the crime.
Police say Channell was hit in the face and head area repeatedly, and a plastic bag put over her head.
Robinson was seen leaving the home in a hurry by a neighbor’s security video, take Channell’s car and drive to the Searcy area.
Officers found a backpack with Robinson, that had bluejeans in blood splatter on them.
Region 8 News spoke with a friend of Channell’s who said she’s devestated at the loss.
“Someone had told my fiancé [about Channell] and we’re both phone freaks, so I found out through Facebook," Melissa White said.
She said Channell was an outgoing person who cared for many.
“Very shy. It was hard to get her to talk unless she like really knew you and she was a good mom, friend," she said. "Like, she’d help anyone.”
Following Robinson’s court hearing, White said she hopes justice is served.
“I’m just hoping they realize like, the nature that he put her through," she said. "In my opinion, I think he needs the death penalty because him being in jail, the way he acts, he just doesn’t care.”
Judge Boling issued a $2 million bond against Robinson on Friday.
Robinson is due back in court on Oct. 22.