WAGONER — An Oklahoma war hero accused of murdering a relative was released from custody this week after posting a $50,000 bond.
Maxx Robinson had been held in the Wagoner County jail since June 9 on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the April 1 shooting death of his uncle, Bill J. Cline Jr., during an altercation at Cline’s home in Porter.
Associate District Court Judge Dennis Shook initially ordered Robinson held without bail.
During a hearing Monday, Robinson’s attorneys argued their client was neither a threat to the community nor a flight risk and should be released on his own recognizance. Shook denied that request, but did agree to set bail.
Robinson was released later that day after a sympathetic bondsman agreed to provide the bond money at a discount, said Kirsten Bernhardt, Robinson’s court-appointed attorney.
“He’s a hero and he’s going to stay and get cleared of these charges,’’ Bernhardt said.
While deployed to Afghanistan with the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in 2011, Robinson, 22, and his hand-picked platoon were ambushed by Taliban insurgents while on a sniper mission.
Robinson, a combat medic, shot and killed at least one of the attackers with his pistol and treated soldiers who were wounded in the attack. The incident left three Americans dead and two seriously wounded.
He received the Bronze Star with valor and a Purple Heart. He was discharged from the guard in January. His exploits were chronicled in a three-part series published last year in The Oklahoman.
If convicted, Robinson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. He is next scheduled to appear in court July 31. A preliminary hearing date is expected to be set at that time.