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'Witness' admits to slaying, APD says

Photo by Jim Hendricks

Photo by Jim Hendricks

ALBANY, Ga. -- A man initially looked at as a witness has confessed to slaying an Albany man Monday night, Albany Police Department officials say.

Gerald Robinson, 19, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the shooting death of Malcolm Todd, 18, about 9:12 p.m. Monday. The slaying occurred in Oak Grove Estate at 86 Dobbs Drive.

According to APD reports, police arrived at the location and found that Todd has been shot in the chest. He died while be transported to a local hospital.

Robinson, APD reports state, told police that Todd was visiting his residence when somone in a black vehicle stopped out front. He opened his front door and saw somone on the passenger side raising a gun. He said when he ducked out of the way, Todd was hit by the bullet, and that he believed the incident was gang retaliation.

Rival gang members were brought in for questioning, police said, and Robinson's story unraveled. As Robinson was further interviewed, police said, he admitted being the gunman. He is being held in the Dougherty County Jail.

An autopsy of Todd's remains is scheduled for Wednesday.