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Prosecutor in Fort Worth murder case: 'He planned on leaving no witnesses'

Keoddrick Polk, 21, of Fort Worth received a life sentence for capital murder in the robbery-slaying of Breon Robinson, 17, of Fort Worth.
Keoddrick Polk, 21, of Fort Worth received a life sentence for capital murder in the robbery-slaying of Breon Robinson, 17, of Fort Worth. Star-Telegram archive

A former Tyler Junior College student was found guilty of capital murder on Wednesday and received an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole, according to court documents.

Keoddrick Polk, 21, was enrolled in classes at Tyler Junior College in the spring semester of 2017 when he was arrested as one of two suspects in the robbery-slaying of Breon Robinson, 17, of Fort Worth.

Robinson was found dead after police were called to a shooting in the 3400 block of Childress Street near U.S. 287 at about 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2017. A second victim was also found with apparent gunshot wounds, police said.

“Keoddrick Polk shot and killed one victim and tried to take the life of another," said Ashlea Deener, Tarrant County prosecutor. "He planned on leaving no witnesses. Our community is safer now that the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison”

Polk's co-defendant in the case, Cedric Ladarius Richardson, 21, also charged with capital murder, is awaiting trial in the Tarrant County Jail. Richardson and Polk lived in Fort Worth, according to court documents.

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Cedric Richardson is in Tarrant County jail awaiting trial in connection with the robbery and slaying of Breon Robinson Handout Tarrant County Sheriff's Office

Richardson and Polk were both enrolled in classes at Tyler Junior College at the time of the shooting, according to published reports.

When officers arrived at the shooting on Childress Street after responding to a related shooting call on nearby Miller Avenue, they found a vehicle on the sidewalk and Robinson with a gunshot wound to his head and torso, according to authorities.

A jury convicted Polk in the slaying and the defendant has filed a notice of appeal.

"The victim’s family was pleased with the jury’s verdict," Deener said. "We hope it provides some peace."

This story includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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