Robert Roberson III, Texas


Update: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 11:05 am EST

Robert Leslie Roberson III was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution has been stayed. Forty-nine-year-old Robert is convicted of the murder of his two-year-old daughter Nikki Curtis, on January 31, 2002, in Palestine, Texas. Robert has spent the last 13 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

Robert dropped out of school after the 10th grade. He had previously been convicted on more than one count of burglary. Robert had previously worked as a cook, construction worker, welder, and laborer.

Nikki Curtis was living in Palestine, Texas with her father, Robert Roberson, who had won a custody battle. Also living with them was Roberson’s girlfriend, Teddie Cox, and Teddie’s daughter Rachel. During the week of January 31, 2002, Teddie had been admitted overnight to the hospital for a hysterectomy, while Nikki was babysat by her maternal grandparents.

On January 30, the grandparents called Roberson to pick up Nikki, as one of them was sick. According to Teddie, Roberson was upset that he had to retrieve his daughter, but did so.


The following morning, Teddie called, saying she had been discharged and needed a ride home. Roberson told Teddie that Nikki was not breathing and he would need to come to the hospital anyway. Teddie implored Roberson to bring Nikki to the hospital immediately.


When Nikki arrived at the hospital, she was not breathing and her skin was blue. She was pronounced dead later that day. When asked what had happened, Roberson stated that Nikki had fallen off her bed.


Roberson was convicted and sentenced to death on February 21, 2003. He has continually proclaimed his innocence of all crimes.


Robert Roberson received a stay of execution from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The execution was stayed due to questions over the reliability of the science used to convict hime. Robert was convicted of shaking his two-year-old daughter to death - known as Shaken Baby Syndrome. Now, four medical experts are claiming the science used to convict Robert has been throughly debunked. The experts have stated that the injuries that used to be thought to only occur by violent shaking in young children can also be caused by natural events, including a short fall from a bed to a floor, such as the one Robert claims happened to his daughter earlier in the evening before she died.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Nikki. Please pray for strength for the family of Robert Roberson. Please pray that Robert will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.



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