CARIBOU — Howard Robinson was back in court yet again Thursday.
Robinson was convicted for the murder of Constance Humphrey at the Oxbow Sporting Lodge in 1994, and also was ordered in July 1996 to pay the victim’s daughter, Anne Humphrey, a civil penalty of $155,000 in a wrongful death suit.
Also in July 1996, Constance Humphrey’s estate was ordered to pay James Robinson, Howard’s brother, $10,000 as reimbursement for money the brothers apparently put into the Oxbow Sporting Lodge. The Robinsons claim they spent $50,000 in labor and materials at the lodge.
Howard Robinson, formerly of Levant, had a relationship with the victim and also apparently had entered into a business partnership with her.
On Thursday, Anne Humphrey’s attorney argued before Justice Paul T. Pierson that her mother’s estate should not be required to pay James Robinson the $10,000. Caribou Attorney E. Allen Hunter claimed in court documents that James Robinson did not work around the lodge, furnish any materials or have anything to do at the lodge.
Hunter argued that, while James Robinson gave his brother $10,000, it was Howard Robinson who later gave the money to Constance Humphrey to pay the lodge mortgage.
Humphrey’s attorney also argued that a transfer of Howard Robinson’s property to his brother in December 1994, two months after the shooting, should be declared null and void.
According to court records, Humphrey claims that transferring the ownership of the Penobscot County property was an attempt to avoid current or future creditors.
Anne Humphrey has yet to receive any compensation from Robinson, according to her attorney.
Howard Robinson, now incarcerated at the state prison in Thomaston, and his brother, from Levant, were in court for the brief hearing before Pierson. They appeared without an attorney, representing themselves.
“This claim of $10,000, we’re not happy with,” said Howard Robinson to the judge. “We contend … that we’re due more than that.”
Regarding the issue of the property transfer, Robinson said he was advised by his then attorney to do that.