On The Run robbery suspect indicted Wednesday

Friday, October 26, 2007
Photo courtesy of LPD Police have identified the man in this security camera recording as Robert Derrick Johnson.

The Shelbyville man charged with robbing a Lewisburg convenience store clerk at knife-point last summer was indicted Wednesday by Marshall County's Grand Jury.

Robert Derrick Johnson, 35, of Cherokee Lane is charged with the Aug. 30 robbery of the On The Run store at an Exxon gas station. He surrendered to Lewisburg Police on Sept. 28.

"He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty," Johnson's Shelbyville-based defense attorney, Robert Marlow, said after court Wednesday.

Indictment and arraignment do not mean a defendant is guilty.

Marlow also represented Johnson in Lincoln County Circuit Court less than two months before On The Run was robbed and, after nearly a half hour of deliberations in Fayetteville last summer, Johnson was acquitted on a charge of violating the state's sex offender registry law, records show.

Nevertheless, Johnson appears bound for a sentencing hearing that's not yet been scheduled since he's made a statement to police. Marlow's statement substantiates such information.

"The case will be resolved without the necessity of a trial," the defense attorney said.

Johnson allegedly entered the convenience store at 1550 Franklin Pike at about 10:48 p.m. Aug. 30 and pulled a knife when a clerk opened a cash register, Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. Dac Burrow has reported, alleging the defendant's image was captured by video surveillance cameras.

On Oct. 2, Johnson waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Marshall County General Sessions Court judge Steve Bowden so the case was automatically bound over to the grand jury for its deliberations Wednesday morning.

Johnson remained in the Marshall County Jail, held in lieu of $15,000 bond.