Emmett Wilkes article regarding robber Mexico Ledger (Mexico, Missouri) Dec. 15, 1970
it's Robbery Or Assault Not Both The Missouri Supreme Court yesterday ruled that trying Robert Eugene Richardson on a charge of robbery and then trying him again on a charge of assault with intent to maim amounted to double jeopardy in violation of his constitutional rights. The court ordered the assault conviction set aside and the charge dismissed. Richardson had pleaded guilty and had been sentenced to prison for eight years on the charge of robbery of Ed's liquor store, during the course of which Emmett Wilkes, clerk at the store, overpowered him and sat on him until officers arrived. A jury also found him guilty of the assault charge and he was sentenced to three years. Howard Dillard represented Richardson on that charge under appointment by the court. He then argued the case .a year ago before the supreme court. In the course of the robbery Richardson, with a blue sweatshirt pulled over his head, had his right hand stuck in a brown paper bag which he waved threateningly. It was later learned that a long-bladed butcher knife was in the bag. Richardson was from Galesburg, 111., on parole from an armed robbery charge and was working here, when the March 7, 1967, robbery occurred. occurred. The court held that the robbery and assault were one ,event and he could not be tried on two charges.