SPOKANE, Wash. -- The murder charge against accused killer Robbie Bishop was re-filed Thursday.
In 2009, then 19-year-old Bishop was accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend after an argument. An autopsy report revealed Robin Anderson had been stabbed at least 50 times. The murder charge against Bishop was dropped in 2012 because he was ruled incompetent. That case was dismissed without prejudice.
On Thursday, Bishop was in court for his alleged involvement in a harassment case. Prosecutors said experts they consulted found Bishop to be presently competent for that case. A judge then agreed to sign the warrant to set Bishop’s murder trial also in motion again.
Orginally, Bishop was charged with second degree murder for allegedly killing Anderson, but now the charge is first degree murder.
Defense lawyers were adamant the prosecutors’ competency findings were flawed. Bishop’s attorneys claimed he suffers from developmental disabilities.
Bishop’s first appearance for the re-filed murder charge was set for Friday.