PORTER — An Oklahoma National Guard veteran who was hailed as a hero for his actions in fighting off a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan was arrested Tuesday, accused of shooting and killing a relative.
Maxx Robinson, 23, is accused of killing his uncle, Bill Cline, 58, during an altercation Tuesday at Cline’s home in Porter. Robinson was being held Friday at the Wagoner County jail with no bail.
According to a court affidavit, a Wagoner County deputy was at an intersection when he heard four gunshots nearby. The deputy was driving toward the area where he’d heard the shots when Robinson and his older brother, Skyler Robinson, flagged him down, the affidavit states. Maxx Robinson told the deputy he’d shot Cline, according to the affidavit.
Maxx Robinson was arrested on a murder complaint and booked into the Wagoner County jail. Skyler Robinson was arrested on a complaint of accessory to murder. He was released on $75,000 bail.
Skyler Robinson later told investigators his uncle was drunk when Skyler and Maxx Robinson arrived at his house.
While the two were at the house, Cline came out of the kitchen carrying a large knife, Skyler Robinson told police. While Skyler Robinson walked into the front yard to pour Cline’s drink out, he heard several gun shots coming from inside the house, he told investigators.
While deployed to Afghanistan with the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in 2011, Maxx Robinson and his platoon were ambushed by Taliban insurgents.
Maxx Robinson, a combat medic, shot and killed two attackers with his pistol, then treated soldiers who were wounded in the attack.
The incident left three soldiers dead and two seriously wounded.
Col. Max Moss, a spokesman for the Oklahoma National Guard, declined to comment on the case.
Maxx Robinson was awarded the Bronze Star with valor device for his actions in the battle. He also received a Purple Heart. He was discharged from the Guard in January.
Editor's note: Robinson's Afghanistan exploits were chronicled in a three-part series published last year in The Oklahoman and online here.