Man charged in connection with 2019 Cape Girardeau homicide makes 1st court appearance

The Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor announces multiple charges against 32-year-old Isaiah Lane today, including second-degree murder.
Published: Oct. 19, 2022 at 11:59 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2022 at 11:46 AM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The man charged in connection with the 2019 death of a Cape Girardeau teenager made his first court appearance before a judge on Thursday morning, October 20.

Isaiah M. Lane, 32, appeared in court via video conference from the Cape Girardeau County Jail.

He is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Madison Robinson. He was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon resulting in death, assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon resulting in injury.

The judge read the charges against lane and said if he’s convicted, Lane could be sentenced to life in prison.

Lane is being represented by a public defender.

He entered a plea of not guilty on Dec. 19. A case review is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Previously, his bond was set at $5 million cash only.

Lane is currently in custody at the Cape Girardeau County Jail after he was arrested on August 8 on unrelated charges.

According to online court records, Lane will be in court on Thursday morning, October 19 for an initial appearance.

This is the second time he has been charged in connection with the shooting death of Madison Robinson, 15, on Aug. 24, 2019 in Cape Girardeau. Another person was injured in the shooting.

Prosecutors originally charged Lane in 2019, but say they had to drop those charges after a witness refused to cooperate.

We talked to Madison Robinson’s mother, Yameka Robinson, on Tuesday about the news of the arrest. She told us she felt unheard for three years.

“I feel like I went to everyone I can go to and I just been turned away,” she said. “So, to wake up this morning and to hear the news and know they’ve been working behind the scenes, um, I just can’t explain it. It’s a, it’s just, it’s giving me my hope back. It’s giving me my hope back in this community.”

Regarding future court appearances, Yameka told us she’s going to be there every step of the way.

“I’ll be sitting there front and center,” she said. “He’ll see my face every day. Maddie is like an image, a spitting image of me, so he’ll see Maddie sitting there every day.”

Yameka said residents need to stand up for their community. She also spoke against the term “snitch.”

“...when you see somebody being murdered and you tell what happened, that’s not being a snitch, you know, that’s, that’s doing what’s right because I’m standing here, um, mourning a loss of my child,” she said. “It could be somebody else tomorrow, you know...”

On Aug. 24, 2019, police responded to the 900 block of Jefferson around 10:15 p.m. for a call of shots fired.

According to court documents, officers learned the shooting was done in retaliation for a mutual fist fight that happened earlier in the day between the people in the home and another family in the community.

Investigators say they found a total of 22 spent casings in the area and a number of spent projectiles/bullets.

According to court documents, Lane admitted to being one of the shooters who fired at the home in the 900 block of Jefferson.

As for a second shooter, investigators say there’s not enough evidence to charge whoever that person is but say there is no statute of limitations for murder.