The victim and suspect in a Monday homicide that was captured on Facebook Live had a history, according to an earlier video posted by Prentis Robinson.
Robinson, 55, was killed near Wingate University on Monday while walking around Wingate and filming himself on Facebook Live, officials confirmed.
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Wingate police identified Douglas Colson, 65, as the suspect, and he was arrested Tuesday morning. He’s been charged with murder, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said.
Robinson briefly talks to his shooter in Monday’s Facebook Live video, which was taken down by Facebook because they couldn’t be sure whether Robinson wanted people to see it, the company told the Observer.
“You on live, you on live,” Robinson said just before he was shot. The shooter was visible on camera before shots rang out.
Robinson’s Facebook page showed he went on Facebook Live frequently, playing guitar and talking to the camera.
In one video, from January, Robinson sang a song about the new year and then directly addressed Doug Colson, whose wife he said he dated as a teenager.
Robinson accused Colson of ‘snitching’ on younger men to police. He said Colson talked about him behind his back and said Colson spread lies about Robinson mistreating his mother.
In the video, Robinson said if Colson kept talking about him, he would beat him up as he’d done at least once before.
“You a disgrace to the ... human race,” he said.
Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay, who talked with Robinson on the Facebook Live video minutes before he was shot, has confirmed to multiple news outlets that Robinson used Facebook Live to talk about criminal activity in Wingate and Gay worried he might get hurt because of it.
Citing people who knew Robinson, Fox 46 reported that he had used Facebook Live to “out” suspected drug dealers in the neighborhood and would go on live “if somebody messed with him.”
Records show Colson was found guilty of selling cocaine in 2013. He and Robinson each have criminal histories dating back decades, according to public records, and Robinson spent time in prison for a felony cocaine charge in the late 1990s.
Robinson went to high school in Marshville and spent much of his adult life in Wingate, according to public records and social media.