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Bloomingdale man found guilty of murder in death of wife

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Robert Lee Robbins was found guilty of felony murder on Thursday by a jury in Chatham County Superior Court. He was also found guilty of aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated battery.

Robbins was on trial for charges stemming from the March 2011 death of his wife, Susan Robbins. She died at Hospice Savannah nearly a month after she was hospitalized with a collapsed lung, brain bleeding, and multiple broken bones including nose, ribs, clavicle, hip and arm.

According to a police report, Elizabeth Grimes, Robert Robbins' niece, found Susan Robbins covered in blood and sitting in a chair in the camper about 11:20 a.m.  on Feb. 8.

She reportedly told Grimes her husband drank a box of wine, a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of peppermint schnapps the night before. He'd taken pain pills, she reportedly said.

Additionally, Susan showed Grimes the board that Robbins had used to beat her.

Grimes recanted this testimony at trial saying she didn't remember making the statements.

Susan Robbins told medical personnel she fell off the top of the camper at 415 Adams Road where the couple lived, according to a police report.

During the trial Chatham County Assistant District Attorney Frank Pennington provided testimony from doctors at Memorial Medical Center who treated the patient as well as testimony from the medical examiner that showed Susan Robbins' injuries were inconsistent with those of a fall and more in line with those of a beating.

"He would beat me and then go away, and come back later and beat me again and go away," Susan Robbins reportedly told Grimes.

Robbins was charged with murder, felony murder during the commission of an aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated battery. He will be sentenced at a later date.

He faces life plus 20 years in prison.

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