Murder suspect indicted

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 21, 2004

The Selma Police Department announced yesterday that Dwight Edward Robertson was indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury last month on capital murder charges for the Sept. 19, 2003 shooting death of Selma resident Hermanski Todd.

The 34-year-old Birmingham resident is accused of shooting Todd several times during what appeared to be an attempted robbery.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said the suspect allegedly entered Todd’s home in the 800 block of Lapsley Street and attempted to steal money, keys and a cell phone.

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Selma police were called to the scene after neighbors heard gun shots coming from inside the home. Officers noticed the front door of the residence was open and discovered the victim’s body in a bedroom.

Lt. David Evans, Selma Police spokesperson, said that after more than a year of investigations detectives were able to link evidence found at the crime scene to Robertson.

Since Nov. 13, 2003, Robertson has been in Jefferson County’s Bessemer jail on charges of capital murder during a robbery and attempt to commit murder in connection to a crime that occurred in Fairfield, Jefferson County records indicate.

“He will be arrested on the indictment charges when Selma police officials can work out the details with the Jefferson County authorities,” Evans said.

Evans said Robertson has a long history of violence. He was paroled from jail in 1994 after serving time for assault stemming from a 1989 homicide.

Evans said investigators are continuing their work with potential witnesses in this case in order to help bring it to a close.