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Man charged with murder of missing Fayetteville woman

Posted August 9, 2011
Updated August 10, 2011

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— Fayetteville police charged a man Tuesday evening in connection with a 24-year-old woman's disappearance, after authorities found a set of human remains in Robeson County.

Investigators believe the remains are those of Erica Cherie Gainey, who was last seen June 28 leaving her Fayetteville home with 44-year-old Terry Dale Robinson. 

Robinson faces first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping charges in connection with her disappearance.

Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said the remains were found at about 10 a.m. off Britt Road, east of Saint Pauls. They were sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill for positive identification.

Sealey would not comment on who discovered the remains.

Investigators have said that Robinson was spotted at a Family Dollar store in the Sampson County town of Harrells – 40 miles away – buying bleach and moth balls about seven hours after Gainey was last seen. He was driving her Elantra, which has a Nebraska tag, police said.

Gainey's mother, Dawn Kime, said her daughter has known Robinson for several years, that he was her landlord and routinely paid her bills, but that Gainey never wanted a relationship with him.

According to police records, Robinson was arrested on a domestic violence charge in June, and Kime said Gainey picked him up from jail the following day.

Sky 5 video of Robeson remains found Man says he led police to Robeson remains

Robinson told WRAL News last month that his "heart is heavy" over Gainey's disappearance.

“This is all overwhelming for me. It’s taking its toll the way everybody has been coming to me,” he said in a July 13 telephone interview, declining to comment further without his attorney. "I just hope and pray this has a positive result."

State Department of Correction records show that Robinson was convicted in 1989 for assaulting his estranged wife and served six years in prison. She spent more than two years in a coma before dying, and state law at the time precluded him from being charged with murder since her death occurred so long after the assault.

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  • Harley Wolf Aug 10, 2011

    dollibug, the link does work as long as you copy/paste it without the ++++ in front of it.

  • dollibug Aug 10, 2011

    ++++http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/9976405/#/vid9976405
    shemontay

    FYI***I tried to copy and paste the above link....but it stated it was not found....could you please check it again and post correction....or maybe it has been purged?

  • changeyourownlife Aug 10, 2011

    @footflash

    "@changeyourownlife... I agree! Clarity be darned! Who needs those silly things like syntax and literacy, especially where journalism is concerned?! I mean, if we just throw some words up on a computer monitor, the people will understand, somehow, right?

    No, I use english to express ideas, and clearly the idea here is that this woman disappeared 24 years ago. Words mean things"

    i also use english to express, and understand, written ideas...BUT i also use my common sense to differentiate btw what is meant and what is grammatically incorrect, rather than taking everything at face value which is a naive and silly way to go about your life---if you want to live your life that way go right ahead, but i guarantee i'll make it in this world of 'nothings perfect' a whole lot longer than you

  • Seeminglyopposed Aug 10, 2011

    If they want to remain in jail you do not have murder another human being to do so. The person who made that comment I would hope me or anyone that I know NEVER EVER run in contact with you or anyone else that feels that way. Times are hard, true that, but not hard enought to kill anyone to go back. Stay there, there are plenty in there that have done the same as they have.

  • rickandlinda88 Aug 10, 2011

    his heart was heavy over missing/murdered woman..THE ONLY THING THIS "PERSON" WAS WORRIED ABOUT,WAS GETTING CAUGHT..

  • babbleon Aug 10, 2011

    My sympathy to the family. This is a tragedy.

    @johndillard: clarity is useful, but since she 'left the house June 28', it seemed pretty clear that the '24-year-old' referred to the woman, not the disappearance.

    Grammatically it is correct, since English allows this kind of ambiguity. Whether it should be written as you proposed usually comes down to context, and the context made the reference clear to me.

    If the sentence were taken alone, you'd be correct that disambiguation was required. In context, the story as written should be acceptable.

  • jurydoc Aug 10, 2011

    "Actually, in most cases of such extreme violence, I believe it's Impossible, thus my dislike of ever releasing into society again, such people. News stories like this, over and over again, appear to provide the 'data' to support my opinion"

    The problem with using news reports "like this" to support your opinion is that it is rarely, if ever, news that is reported when an inmate is released and never commits a crime again. Thus, the baseline of your "data" is already biased.

  • I know some stuff Aug 10, 2011

    re the rehabilitation comment by Vandykebrune...
    I did not suggest it was easy.
    Actually, in most cases of such extreme violence, I believe it's Impossible, thus my dislike of ever releasing into society again, such people. News stories like this, over and over again, appear to provide the 'data' to support my opinion.

  • bombayrunner Aug 10, 2011

    Wow that video sure seals this guy's fate with a recorded confession. he's done. ... and he's quite a monster too. The man that turned him in certainly deserves credit and praise for having the guts and smarts to tape him and get the cops so as to not be implicated himself. awesome.

  • esprg Aug 10, 2011

    "1989 for assaulting his estranged wife and served six years in prison. She spent more than two years in a coma before dying, and state law at the time precluded him from being charged with murder since her death occurred so long after the assault." I know it doesn't say what he was charged with but it would seem like he should have been charged w/attempted murder if his assault was the reason she was in the coma. Being that he served 6 yrs it would see if she died w/in the 2 of the 6 yrs he was in prison should have then been charged with 1st degree murder.

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