Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beaches Man Guilty in Shooting; Innocent Bystander Shot during a 2012 Drug Dispute; She Hasn't Walked Since

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beaches Man Guilty in Shooting; Innocent Bystander Shot during a 2012 Drug Dispute; She Hasn't Walked Since

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Byline: Derek Gilliam

As the bailiff wheeled 26-year-old Iesha Mann to the stand, Denard William Robinson looked down. He hardly looked in her direction for about 20 minutes as she testified against him Tuesday in a Duval County courtroom.

The 21-year-old kept his gaze on the top of the table as she described what happened when a bullet pierced her back and lodged next to her aorta in October 2012 at Third Avenue South and Seventh Street in Jacksonville Beach.

Mann hasn't walked since.

Wednesday about 9 p.m., the jury convicted Robinson of attempted second-degree murder.

Robinson fired four times from a .380-caliber handgun after an argument about drugs with 36-year-old Vernon "Yodi" Robinson, hitting the innocent bystander Mann in the crossfire, prosecutors said. The men aren't related, and Denard "Scooter" Robinson isn't the same Denard Robinson who plays for the Jaguars.

Vernon Robinson and 19-year-old Daniel "Nash" Jarrett also were charged with attempted second-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges and testified against Denard Robinson.

Janeen Mira, assistant state attorney, said Denard Robinson and Jarrett were trying to buy pills on Seventh Street when Vernon Robinson told them the pills were fake.

Mira said that triggered an argument about respect.

She said that part of town is where "drug deals happen in the daylight," everyone knows everyone else but only by street names and "words start fights, but bullets end them."

The men separated and both Robinsons fetched guns, said prosecutors, who also said Jarrett had a 9mm handgun all the time.

Robinson's defense attorney, Kevin M. Cobbin, said in opening statements that Vernon Robinson threatened to shoot the two younger men.

Vernon Robinson said that after the argument ended, he went to a side alley on Seventh Street and armed himself with a . …

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