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Update: Verdict in rape & kidnapping trial

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A tear-filled courtroom listed to the verdict Monday evening in the Terresz Robinson trial.

The jury has returned the following guilty verdicts:

Second degree kidnapping-Guilty
Two counts of aggravated rape-Guilty
Felony theft-Guilty
Attempted second-degree kidnapping-Guilty

Sentencing has been set for April 17, 2014, at 9:30am at the Ouachita Parish Courthouse. That's where Robinson faces a life sentence, according to Assistant DA Shirley Wilson-Davis.

Robinson's defense attorney, Charles Kindcade says after sentencing he will begin the appeals process.

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Closing arguments were heard Monday afternoon in the Terresz Robinson trial. Deliberations are underway as of 3:30 PM Monday.

Robinson is charged with rape, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, carjacking, theft and possession of cocaine. All of Robinson's crimes were allegedly committed during the day in public locations.

The crime spree began January 18, 2013, when Robinson is accused of abducting a ULM student from campus and then raping her. Robinson is also accused of raping another woman at an apartment complex on January 26, 2013. A few days after that, Robinson is accused in the attempted abduction of another woman in the Peacanland Mall parking lot. In that attempted attack, the victim was able to resist and escape. Robinson was arrested and charged shortly after.

The trial has taken nearly three weeks, and started with eight days of jury selection.  Testimony included graphic details from the victims of the alleged attacks. In one of the attacks, the victim told jurors she was attacked, and after the attacker poured bleach all over her apartment and on her while she was forced to shower.

In Monday's closing arguments Assistant District Attorney Shirley Davis told jurors, "the defendant Terresz Robinson, he's a predator." "He deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail," said Davis. Davis referred to Kincade's closing arguments as a spaghetti theory, "throw it all up and see what sticks." "Mr. Kincade and I do not agree on anything," said Davis.

Defense Attorney Charles Kincade told jurors, "when you were selected for this jury, we believed you would be fair, and we still believe that." "Back away from the emotionalism. Don;don't be manipulated. Don't be worked with your emotions. Follow the law," Kincade told jurors as he noted inconsistencies in the state's closing arguments.

KNOE 8 News is in the courtroom for closing arguments and will have updates on jury deliberations here at KNOE.COM and Monday night on KNOE 8 News at 5 PM, 6 PM and 10 PM.

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