Chief Assistant District Attorney receives top prize in state

Published 2:51 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chief Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson was presented the Larry E. Smith award for Assistant District Attorney of the Year in 2015.

Robinson, who works in the office of District Attorney Randall V. Houston, obtained the award because of his outstanding leadership in prosecuting cases and managing attorneys for the 19th Judicial Circuit, which serves Elmore, Autauga and Chilton counties, according to a release from the District Attorney’s office.

Robinson is a 2003 graduate of the University of Montevallo and received his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2006.

He has worked with the office of the district attorney since January 2008 and was appointed chief assistant in October 2012.

The Alabama DA Investigators Association presents the Larry E. Smith Award annually.

Most notably, Robinson was credited with playing an integral part in several 2014 capital murder trials, according to a release from the District Attorney’s office.

Robinson served as lead prosecutor on the Chilton County capital murder trial of James Osgood and Tonya Van Dyke, which resulted in a guilty verdict and sentence of death for Ogsood and guilty plea and sentence of life without parole for Van Dyke.

He also assisted in the Elmore County capital murder case of Stalandus Slaughter. Slaughter was convicted of ordering two mentally challenged young boys to perform a drive-by shooting, which resulted in the death of a 6-year-old girl. Slaughter received a guilty verdict and was sentenced to life without parole.

“I am blessed to be able to work with families seeking to receive justice for the evils committed toward them,” Robinson said in a release. “I embrace the great responsibility that comes with being a prosecutor and receiving this award is truly an honor for me. Micah 6:8 tells us, ‘What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.’ The Lord has blessed me with a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to continuing to give the citizens of Elmore, Autauga and Chilton counties a voice in our criminal justice system.”