He was a Mississippi state legislature hopeful – now he and his wife are dead by his hand.
We’re talking about Carol Robinson from Jackson, Mississippi.
Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson shared the news of what happened on Tuesday morning.
He said that around 10 a.m., Carl Robinson entered Williams Medical
Clinic in Potts Camp, Mississippi and shot LaToya Thompson. Then then
turned the gun on himself.
“Witnesses reported seeing Robinson stomping
outside the clinic before going inside the clinic. A .38-caliber
hammerless Smith and Wesson pistol was found at the scene of the
shooting,” Dickerson said.
A helicopter was called in to transport Thompson to the hospital, but
she died before it arrived. Outside of the two of them, nobody else was
Dickerson said divorce papers had been served on Tuesday and the two were fighting over custody of their 3-year-old son.
The couple had been married since 2014, but according to court
records, they had filed a joint complaint for divorce on April 26. At
that time, only one lawyer was involved.
But records show that on Tuesday morning, Thompson hired her own
attorney and changed her mind about a previous agreement she signed
about child custody, support and other details.
The 43-year-old Robinson was a Democratic candidate for the
Mississippi Legislature. He was last listed as working for the
Commission on Aging in Oxford.
Thompson, his 34-year-old wife, was a receptionist at the Williams Medical Clinic in Potts Camp.
“He was a good person who enjoyed life. To the
public’s eye, him and LaToya did not have any issues,” said Kimberly
Robinson, Carl Robinson’s sister.
His sister said she never expected anything like this to happen.
The killing sent shockwaves through Lamar, the community where the couple lived.
Robinson was running for the District 5 House seat – the counties
included are parts of Benton, Marshall, Lafayette and Tate counties.
The primary election is taking place on Aug. 6.
Dr. Tina Bills Herrington is a cousin of Robinson. She said that not
only was Thompson a very kind person… but she called Dickerson the
“ultimate family man”.
“He was a great provider for his family, making
sure that they didn’t go without,” Herrington said. “LaToya was very
calm spirited and wanted to serve her family.”
Robinson went through a number of jobs before returning home to try to help his community.
He established his first business – The Brooks Firm – after moving to
Ashland, Mississippi. Prior to that he lived in Los Angeles, where he
worked as a operations compliance officer at Metrolink — a commuter rail
system in Southern California.
He launched his non-profit firm to “help combat employment, technological and health issues faced by impoverished communities”.
“He wanted to meet the needs of his community,” Herrington said.
Thompson was known throughout the community for her singing of gospel music in different churches.
Herrington said both families remain close.