Bail denied for murder suspect

Mar 3, 2020

PLYMOUTH — After reviewing evidence captured on a dashboard camera, Judge Brian Davis denied bail for David Robbins, the Onset man arrested for killing Yves Roux Jr. in November, saying that Robbins did not act in self-defense.

A Feb. 21 pretrial hearing centered around the video taken on the dashboard camera in Roux’s Vehicle. 

Robbins’ defense attorney John Amabile made a motion for bail, and argued that Robbins was being overcharged with first degree murder, when based on evidence in the video, manslaughter, or at most second-degree murder would be more appropriate. Prosecutor Shannon Buckingham disagreed with Amabile’s interpretation of the video, and argued that there was evidence of premeditation. 

In Amabile’s description of events, Robbins was driving to work early on the morning of Nov. 6, while Roux was driving behind him. While the two men were driving on Main Street in Wareham, Roux became upset with Robbins, possibly for driving too slow. 

In Amabile’s description, Roux then cut Robbins off, and boxed his vehicle into the curb. Amabile then said that Roux got out of his vehicle, and yelled at Robbins. Amabile said that Roux began punching Robbins through the window of his truck, and that Robbins stabbed Roux once in the armpit, severing an artery, and eventually killing him. 

In Buckingham’s description of events, the video shows that the altercation began when Robbins slammed on his breaks and “gave the middle finger” to Roux. 

She confirmed that Roux did get out of his vehicle to confront Robbins, but said that he did not box his vehicle against the curb, as Amabile had suggested. She also said that there was no evidence to suggest that Roux struck Robbins, as he showed no physical signs of damage after being arrested. 

After reviewing the video, Davis denied the motion for bail on Feb. 25. In explaining his decision, Davis said that the evidence showed that Robbins was the aggressor in the altercation. He added that Robbins’ decision to arm himself with a knife, and stab Roux in the torso showed “strong evidence of intent to kill.”

The next hearing in this case has been scheduled for April 23 at 2 p.m.