Man accused of killing his child’s mother turns himself in to police

Toma Washington is accused in the shooting death Tuesday night of Jaleesa Robinson of Frankfort.
Toma Washington is accused in the shooting death Tuesday night of Jaleesa Robinson of Frankfort. Photo provided

A man suspected in the fatal shooting of the mother of his child Tuesday night turned himself in to police Wednesday.

Police had announced earlier in the day that they were seeking Toma Washington, 40, of Frankfort on a murder charge.

Washington is accused in the Tuesday night shooting of Jaleesa Robinson, 24, also of Frankfort, said Maj. Rob Warfel, police spokesman. Robinson died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County coroner.

Robinson was shot about 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of an apartment building off Ridgeview Drive and then drove herself to a nearby Circle K convenience store on Schenkel Lane. Emergency crews found her inside a vehicle.

Robinson was shot once in the chest. She was able to call 911 as she drove to the convenience store, Warfel said.

This was the first homicide in Frankfort in 2016, Warfel said. Police have not identified a motive for the shooting, he said.

Robinson and Washington have a child; Warfel said he thought the child was a 3-year-old girl.

Washington has a criminal history dating back 20 years.

In May 1998, Washington, who is black, was convicted of murder by an all-white jury in the 1997 shooting death of Rodney Williams.

Washington appealed the verdict, and the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction in August 2000 on the grounds of the jury’s racial makeup.

In 2001, Washington pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

In 2015, he was indicted in Franklin County on charges of wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening and being a persistent felony offender. Washington also has 1996 convictions for assault and drug trafficking, and a 2011 conviction for second-degree burglary, according to Franklin County court records.