Death Three Years After Assault Sparks Confusion Over Charges

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http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/08/25/when_an_assault_becomes_murder/ Christopher Robinson was shot in August 1996. Melvin T. Smith was arrested and later convicted of assaulting and trying to kill Robinson. The bullets had shredded Robinson's digestive system, so badly damaging his organs that he never ate another meal. The intravenous fluids that initially kept Robinson alive ultimately poisoned his liver. And 31/2 years after he was shot, the 37-year-old Robinson died on Jan. 18, 2000, the Boston Globe . . .

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