Man charged with murder of Asheville woman

An Asheville woman was stabbed to death Sunday outside a Montford home. Police say the killing stemmed from a domestic dispute, and have charged Rodney Lamar Robinson with first degree murder.

According to a statement from the Asheville Police Department, officers responded to a call at 72 Woodlawn Ave. yesterday afternoon “a male and female were engaged in a fight and that the male had a knife and was attempting to stab the female.”

As officers were on their way, they heard further word that the man, Robinson, had chased the woman, Angela Lorraine Hart from his residence towards Young Street.

EMTs found Hart in the front yard of 31 1/2 West Chestnut St., and pronounced her dead on the scene.

Police found Robinson walking back from Young Street towards his home, and according to their report, he “had blood on him from the victim and made statements to responding officers, taking responsibility for the homicide.” Robinson and Hart were reportedly involved in a romantic relationship and had been arguing recently.

Robinson has a long criminal history, including multiple drug charges, charges of assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats in 1990, and an assault on a female charge in 2008.

He has been charged with first degree murder and is being held in the Buncombe County jail on no bond. The homicide is the first in Asheville this year.

Click here to go to Xpress Files and download a PDF of the Asheville Police Department’s report of the incident.

—David Forbes, staff writer

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3 thoughts on “Man charged with murder of Asheville woman

  1. Bugg

    I used to work with that guy. He offered to buy a girl that worked there a track suit.

  2. JOHN-C

    That’s strange Bugg… He’s possibly wearing a tracksuit in the picture

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