WAGONER — An Oklahoma National Guard soldier decorated for valor in Afghanistan is back in the Wagoner County jail facing a first-degee murder charge in connection with the April shooting death of his uncle.
Maxx Robinson, 22, is accused of killing Bill J. Cline Jr., 58, during an April 1 altercation at Cline’s home in Porter.
Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris filed the murder charge Monday afternoon in Wagoner County District Court.
Deputies took Robinson into custody without incident about 10 p.m. Monday at his Porter home, and he was booked into the jail on a no-bail warrant.
Robinson appeared briefly in court Tuesday afternoon wearing a jail-issued, black-and-white-striped jail jumpsuit and shackles. Robinson’s court-appointed attorneys entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Associate District Court Judge Dennis Shook ordered Robinson be held without bail.
If convicted of the charge, Robinson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole.
While deployed to Afghanistan with the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in 2011, Robinson and his hand-picked platoon were ambushed by Taliban insurgents while on a sniper mission.
Robinson, a combat medic, shot and killed two attackers with his pistol and then treated soldiers who were wounded in the attack.
The incident left three U.S. soldiers dead and two seriously wounded.
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.
Robinson’s Afghanistan exploits were chronicled in a three-part series published last year in The Oklahoman.
About 5 p.m. April 1, a Wagoner County sheriff’s deputy sitting in his patrol car in Porter heard four gunshots, according to a court affidavit.