New Arrest Stirs Up Old Emotions From Cold Case

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

11 News told you about a home invasion that almost took the life of a Pueblo man this week. Eric Wellington only shared his story of survival with us, after burglars held him at gunpoint.

Now, we have learned that the man arrested for that crime was also a suspect in a home invasion killing in 2003.

It’s a case that went cold, but now the arrest of 30-year-old Willie Robbins is stirring up some old emotions for those who knew the victim of the deadly shooting in 2003.

Seeing Robbins’ mug shot again is reminding many of 23-year-old Derrick Wagner. Emotions amplified as the nine year anniversary of his death quickly approaches.

Willie Robbins is back in jail after allegedly robbing Wellington at gunpoint, a crime similar in nature to one in March of 2003 when thieves broke in to steal money and marijuana plants.

Robbins was one of four suspects accused in the deadly home invasion on Aztec Drive that lead to the shooting death of Derrick Wagner.

Wagner was shot in the chest March 11, 2003 in his apartment on the north side of Pueblo.

Robbins was acquitted of the crime in 2006. With the acquittal, the charges against the other three suspects were dismissed.

11 News tried to reach Wagner’s parents for comment about Robbins' new arrest and the accusations against him.

According to published reports, Wagner’s mother says they are still hopeful they will find justice for their son.

A testament 11 News heard two years ago from Wagner’s father Larry, who said they would wait patiently, even when the pain is too much to bear.

"We suffered seven years, I don't know how much we're supposed to suffer, but it would really provide some closure on our part,” he said.

11 News also learned that Robbins has a track record, arrested over a dozen times in as many years.

But right now there is no indication that this arrest will prompt investigators to dust off the unsolved murder case. Only time will tell.

If you do have any information about the cold case call Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP(7867).

Remember your anonymous tip could earn you a cash reward.

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  • by Resident Location: Pueblo on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:42 AM
    It is an election year and our illustrious DA has someone (worthless as well) running against him. He may dole out a little justice for this family to make himself look like he knows what he is doing.
  • by mpls on Mar 2, 2012 at 08:21 PM
    Canon city, here comes Willie!
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