Roger Lee Martin


ASHEBORO — When police responded to a home on Cherokee Avenue in the early evening of Jan. 28, 2013, they found a 31-year-old woman dead in a pool of blood from apparent multiple stab wounds.

Her name was Nova "Nikki" Robinson.

Her boyfriend, Roger Lee Martin, had called police about 6:07 p.m. that evening to say that she was dead. He was present when officers arrived, according to a police news release.

Martin, police said, had been interviewed many times about Robinson's death.

"There were many questions surrounding the case that Roger Martin could not give a logical response to," said police in the release.

Now investigators say that advanced DNA has been able to answer open questions about her death and has led to Martin's arrest.

Martin, 41, was arrested at a Lexington residence Monday and charged with murder in her death. 

Police said they "are completely satisfied without question" the Martin killed Robinson. He was placed in the Randolph County Jail without bail. His first court appearance is Wednesday.

Through the unwavering work of Asheboro Police Detective Lorie Johnson, the support of the Randolph County District Attorney’s office and the hard work of so many other officers and detectives an arrest has been made in the 2013 murder of Nova “Nikki” Robinson.

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