Injured Robbins faces multiple felony charges

Updated: January 19, 2005, 7:52 PM ET
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MIAMI -- Former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins was charged Wednesday with three counts of attempted felony murder, less than a week after being shot during a struggle with a detective investigating a burglary call.

Barret Robbins
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Robbins is best remembered for missing team meetings the night before the 2003 Super Bowl in San Diego. He spent Super Bowl Sunday in a hospital and later acknowledged that he had stopped taking his medicine for depression and bipolar disorder.

Robbins, a former Pro Bowl player, was wounded Saturday night after Miami Beach police found him inside a women's restroom in a building housing a pub, a gym and a jewelry store. The pub owner called police after Robbins forced his way inside the building and refused to leave, a police report said.

Robbins, 31, of Englewood, Colo., growled, snarled and "was heard laughing throughout the attack," the report said.

According to the report, Robbins beat Officer Colin Pfrogner to the floor, picked up Detective Mark Schoenfeld and slammed him into one wall and then another, then grabbed Detective Mike Muley by the face and rammed his head into a corner.

Robbins then grabbed Muley's forearms, and Muley shot Robbins twice in the torso, the report said. The former player dropped to his knees, grabbed his chest, snarled and growled again, swore at the officers and slapped Muley's gun out of his hand.

A charge of attempted felony murder can be filed when someone is injured during a felony. It carries a possible 30-year prison sentence. The three counts Robbins faces cover three officers involved in his arrest, said Ed Griffith, spokesman for the Miami-Dade County state attorney's office.

Robbins, who suffers from bipolar disorder and alcoholism, also was charged with two felony counts of attempting to deprive an officer of his weapon, two felony counts of resisting an officer with violence and misdemeanor trespassing, the Miami-Dade County state attorney's office said. The felony counts carry possible five-year sentences.

Arraignment was set for Feb. 9.

"I think he clearly met the definition of insanity under the laws of the state of Florida; that is, he didn't know the difference between right and wrong when those events [the incident] occurred," Ed O'Donnell, Robbins' attorney, said in a statement Wednesday. "And the arrest affidavit supports that."

Robbins was critically injured and remains in a Miami hospital jail unit, Griffith said. Muley received hospital treatment for a concussion.

Prosecutors listed Robbins at 6 feet 4 and 380 pounds. The Raiders listed him at 6-3, 315 pounds before his release from the team.

Robbins was arrested last month in San Francisco for hitting a security guard at a nightclub. He was cut by the Raiders last July, at his request, after he failed a physical exam and two weeks after he and two others tested positive for steroids.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.

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