Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Robert Carson was found guilty of Capital Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, following a three day trial on March 6, 2013. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for Capital Murder, ten years for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and five years for Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.
On April 30, 2012, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the Ridgeland Police Department received a 911 call about gun fire at the Ridgeland Ranch apartment complex. When officers arrived, they discovered 61- year- old Luis Ortiz, who was dead of an apparent gun shot wound to his face. The wallet of Mr. Ortiz was found lying on his chest. The investigation revealed Mr. Ortiz was the manager of a local Mexican restaurant and carried more than $600.00 from the restaurant’s night deposit.
The Ridgeland Police Department received several Crime Stoppers tips that quickly led to the arrest of three suspects: Robert Carson, Bobby Allen and Edward Clay. The investigation revealed the three suspects had spent the day at their homes smoking marijuana, drinking codeine and alcohol. When they ran out of money, the three decided to find a victim to rob. They armed themselves with two handguns and drove to County Line Road, where they drove through apartment complexes looking for a victim to rob. At trial, it was revealed that Bobby Allen was the driver, Edward Clay was the passenger, and Robert Carson was the shooter.
When they arrived at the Ridgeland Ranch Apartments at approximately 11:00 p.m., they backed into a parking space and waited for any victim to come by. When Mr. Ortiz drove past them and parked, Robert Carson and Edward Clay approached him, guns drawn and demanded his money. In the course of taking his money, Robert Carson shot Mr. Ortiz in the face at point blank range.
Bobby Allen went to trial and was convicted by a jury on February 26, 2013, of Armed Robbery, Accessory After the Fact to Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. His sentencing is scheduled for April 29th. Edward Clay pled guilty to Armed Robbery and is also scheduled to be sentenced on April 29th.
Guest stated, “These three defendants came from Jackson to Ridgeland with one goal: to commit an armed robbery on an unsuspecting victim. Mr. Ortiz was in this country legally, working hard to provide for his family and did not deserve to have this horrible crime committed against him.”
Guest added, “We will not tolerate this type of crime in Madison and Rankin Counties. These criminals will be in prison for the rest of their lives and their days of victimizing innocent people are over.”
Guest concluded, “I am proud of the job done by the Ridgeland Police Department, which led to three very dangerous men being taken off our streets. Without their hard work, these convictions would not have been possible.”
Both Robert Carson and Bobby Allen have been previously convicted of violent felony crimes. Robert Carson was previously convicted of two counts of Aggravated Assault in 2006. Bobby Allen has been previously convicted in Hinds County of two counts of Armed Robbery and House Burglary.
Name: Robert Carson
Address: 348 Flag Chapel Road, Jackson
Date of Birth: 11/24/89