Case dropped against man in shooting death of 15-year-old Cape Girardeau girl

Published: Nov. 26, 2019 at 4:37 AM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office dropped the case against a St. Louis man in the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl in August.

Prosecuting Attorney Mark Welker said the charges were dropped due to a lack of witness cooperation.

Welker said it is an ongoing investigation and the dismissal does not preclude the filing of charges in the future against Isaiah Lane or another individual.

In August, Major Case Squad officials identified Isaiah M. Lane, 29, from St Louis, as the primary suspect in the homicide and shooting of 15-year-old Madison Robinson.

Cape Girardeau officers took Isaiah Lane into custody during a traffic stop on South Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau a few hours after the shooting.

Lane was being held on an active warrant for murder first-degree, two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon by shooting at a home and felon in possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $1,000,000 cash only.

Madison’s mother, Yameka Robinson is still fighting for justice her daughter and closure for her family and friends.

Robinson believes there are eyewitnesses that could help investigators solve the case, and thinks they’re refusing to cooperate out of fear.

“I feel like you’re responsible for what you see and what you hear,” Robinson said. “You may not want to step forward but at the end of the day this is a fifteen-year-old baby, a child that was senselessly taken from us.”

Robinson wants others to know how it feels to relieve the moment of trying to save her daughter’s life every single day.

“Imagine if that was your fifteen-year-old daughter, laying on your living room floor gasping for air, and you are giving her CPR, trying to save her life," Robinson said. "This is not a game. This is real life. We have to live with this for the rest of our life. I’m going to get justice for Madison because she deserves that. This community deserves that. We deserve to heal.”

Right now Madison’s death is the eighth unsolved homicide in Cape Girardeau.

“Madi will not be another number, another statistic," Robinson said. "We’re fighting for justice for her to keep our family alive because she was such a big part of our family.”

Cape Girardeau police are still investigating the shooting and Madi’s family is going the extra mile to help solve the case.

“We also have a private investigator," Robinson said. "We’re offering a $10,000 award for anyone with information regarding Madison’s case that could lead to an arrest or a conviction.”

Martez Johnson is Madison’s aunt and helped raise her. She described Madi as the ‘brightest star in the sky’ and since the shooting feels like her heart has been displaced.

“This has to stop. The community has to try to stick together," Johnson said. "There have been too many senseless crimes taking place around here in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It must come to an end and it will come to end with Madison.”

The Robinson family is hosting a peaceful march to honor Madison on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in front of the Cape Girardeau Police Station.

Officers arrived around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night, August 24 at the 900 block of Jefferson Ave. and found two people had been shot.

Fifteen-year-old Madison Robinson died as a result of her wounds. According to court documents, she was shot in the neck.

Her 20-year-old brother, Ryan Robinson, had a gunshot wound to his left leg.

Court documents stated earlier in the day a woman was assaulted in a fight on Jefferson Ave. After the fight, the woman told investigators she told Lane about what happened and he asked if she was still in pain. She said she told him her head still hurt and it seemed to outrage him.

According to court documents, just before the shooting, the woman said she was in the same vehicle as Lane and that he drove by the victim’s home and mentioned several people standing on the porch.

Investigators say the woman told them that a short time later, Lane held up a large black handgun and started chanting “I am getting my lick back.” She told them she believed he was planning on returning to Jefferson to seek revenge.

The woman said she was dropped off at a home near Jefferson Ave. because she didn’t want to be a part of “retaliation against the victims.” She told investigators that about 15 minutes after being dropped off, she heard gunshots coming from the area of the 900 block of Jefferson.

According to court documents, Lane returned to where the woman was, told her “One of them a**** had to get hit,” and she got into the vehicle with him. They went to another Cape Girardeau home where Lane allegedly showered and changed clothes.

The woman told investigators she saw him dispose of two guns. Investigators say they found two guns in the area the woman described.

The Robinson family shared details about a memorial service for Madison. It was at Mercy Seat Baptist Church in Charleston, Mo. on September 2.

Martez Johnson described it as a ‘celebration service’ because dozens of Madi’s friends and family members who lived far away were in attendance.

“It was just so amazing. It was very beautiful,” Johnson said. “Realizing how many lives Madi had touched at the age of 15. She touched more lives at 15 than I would’ve touched in 42 years.”

The Robinson family said Madison’s older brother Ryan was also on the porch during the shooting and a bullet went through an artery in his left leg.

At first there was a chance Ryan could lose his injured leg, but Yameka Robinson said he is making great progress and has returned home.

“In everything there is a small silver lining. He is a fighter," Robinson said. “He is doing well. He is up, he is walking. We have lots of doctors appointments. He is trying to regain what has been left of his life because of losing Madi his sister.”

“As a police chief and as a father it pains me to see our children becoming victims of violence. And it pains me to see people not wanting to corporate with us when our children are victims of violence, and it needs to stop," said Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair.

He said this is the fourth homicide in 2019.

“We, over the last summer months, we’ve seen a little bit of an uptick in some of our violent crimes with the assaults and things of those natures. But overall I don’t think that Cape is becoming more violent,” said Chief Blair.

But people who live near where the shooting happened said they are shocked and fearful.

“If you aren’t scared, you should be," said Gary Barlow. “We’re concerned. And we wonder if because we’re on the south side if nobody cares.”

“There are several officers that are in that neighborhood at all times. We still have the same response rate to calls for service in the southern part of town that we’ve always had," said Chief Wes Blair.

According to Chief Blair, officers are assigned to certain geographic areas in Cape Girardeau, they are not dispatched from the police department.

Felice Patton with Stop Needless Acts of Violence Please said the deadly shooting is “heartbreaking.”

Patton believes the two young people involved were caught in the middle of violence sparked by the actions of others.

“That 15-year-old-child, that was somebody’s friend. She was somebody’s schoolmate," Patton said. "She was loved by her family. She is going to missed. The other children are going to be affected by it, so when they go to school they need counseling.”

Staff with Cape Girardeau Public Schools said grief counselors would be available for students and staff the entire week.

Patton encouraged the community to get involved so they can help police and the family find out what happened.

“Until they get the justice, there is no closure for the family," Patton said. "There is a big hole in their heart for their child that somebody could kill them and get away with murder. So for the closure for the sake of the family. If it were your child would you not want justice?”

The public is still encouraged to contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department with any information they may have on this matter at 573-335-6621 (Business Line) 573-339-6313 (Anonymous Tip Line) Text “CAPEPD” to 847411.

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