A Texas man has been arrested and charged with capital murder after allegedly storming into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and shooting her dead as she lay in bed with her four-year-old daughter.
Kimberly Robinson, a 28-year-old mother-of-five from Houston, was killed in the July 17 shooting. Her youngest daughter, Harmony, suffered injuries after being struck by shrapnel.
Robinson’s four other children, all under the age of 12, were downstairs at the time of the domestic attack.
The victim’s ex-boyfriend, Cedgadrick Harris, 24, turned himself in to the Houston police on Monday.
According to investigators, the incident began unfolding at 4.20am last Friday, when Harris kicked in the front door to Robinson’s apartment in the 1800 block of Barker Cypress Road.
Harris allegedly entered the woman’s bedroom and fired at least six shots, killing Robinson, reported KHOU11. Her daughter Harmony, who was in bed with her mother, suffered graze wounds to her jaw and shoulder, and was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital for treatment. She is expected to recover.
Robinson’s four older children were unharmed. One of them, a 10-year-old girl, called family members for help after the shooting.
Houston Police Sgt Michael Casso told KTRK that Robinson had reported at least one domestic violence incident involving her ex-boyfriend to the police a month ago, when he allegedly attacked her.
Janet Robinson, Kimberly’s mother, told KHOU11 that about a month and a half ago, her daughter had decided she was not going to reconcile with Harris.
‘”I’m not going back to him. I’m not going back to this situation,”’ the mother said Kimberly had told her. ‘I think this time he really knew she meant it.’
Court records indicate that Kimberly had gotten a protective order against Harris in November 2019.
‘When I think about it, she had to have been living in constant fear and she didn’t want us to know,’ Kimberly’s mother said.