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Martinsville man dead after shooting

Monday, August 23, 2010

CLOVERDALE -- A Martinsville man died early Sunday after he was shot outside a Cloverdale residence.

Jared T. Robbins, 22, of Cloverdale is in custody, accused of shooting to death Donald E. Lowe III, 28. Robbins is lodged in the Putnam County Jail, preliminarily charged with Class A felony voluntary manslaughter, Putnam County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tyler Turner said.

The shooting occurred at the Burma Road residence of Robbins' cousin, Billy Robbins, 44.

Billy Robbins was also arrested, as he was released from prison recently into a community transition program and is still technically an Indiana Department of Corrections inmate. He was sentenced in Putnam County in February to an 18-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit theft and receiving stolen property.

An eyewitness to the shooting, who made the 911 call and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Jared Robbins shot five to seven rounds at Lowe. She said she and Lowe hadn't been at the Robbins residence for more than 10 or 15 minutes when the shooting happened.

"I don't know how many actually hit (Lowe)," the eyewitness said. "I know I saw two wounds to his chest, but there was so much blood everywhere."

The eyewitness, who had known Lowe for about two years, had never met Billy or Jared Robbins before. She said Billy Robbins tried to convince her to tell police she hadn't seen who shot Lowe, but that she refused to lie.

"Billy took the gun and wiped off the fingerprints," the eyewitness said. "While I was calling 911, everyone else was in the house getting rid of guns and booze and cleaning up the messes. I just want it known that Donny was attacked. This was not a case of self-defense at all.

The eyewitness said she and Lowe had been invited to Billy Robbins' house, and that they arrived there late Saturday night. She and Lowe went into the house and were offered beer, she said, and then Billy Robbins asked Lowe and the eyewitness to go to the store and buy hard liquor, as "the Jared guy had drank it all."

When she and Lowe went to leave and make the liquor run, the eyewitness said, Jared Robbins "came out of nowhere and attacked Donny."

The eyewitness said she and Billy Robbins couldn't tell for sure if the two men "were play wrestling or seriously fighting," but that it soon became apparent they were not playing.

"Donny got Jared into a headlock to stop the fight and calm him down," the eyewitness said. "Donny kept saying, 'Are you OK? Are you cool now?' Jared said he was, and Donny let him go."

At that point, the eyewitness said, Jared Robbins walked over to his truck and got a handgun.

"He walked, he didn't run," the eyewitness said. "He just pointed the gun at Donny, and it was pop, pop, pop."

The eyewitness said she ran and hid behind a picnic table, fearing that Jared Robbins would shoot her as well. Instead, he dropped the gun and attempted to get into a car and drive away.

"He was really drunk," the eyewitness said. "Another girl who had come out of the house with a baby convinced him to scoot over and let her drive. He did, and she threw the baby in the backseat and took off. Donny's head was really close to the tire of the car they got into, and I just begged her to be careful and not run over him."

Once Jared Robbins was gone, the eyewitness said, she made the 911 call.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Doug Nally said by the time officers arrived at the scene, Jared Robbins had already fled.

Within an hour of the shooting, an off-duty officer saw Jared Robbins driving eastbound on I-70, Nally said. The officer called for more units, and Robbins was apprehended near the Hendricks-Putnam county line.

Lowe was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, Nally said.

Jared Robbins had just been released from prison in July. He was sentenced in Putnam County Circuit Court in March 2009 to a 2 1/2-year prison term for Class B felony burglary. In January, he was sentenced in Marion County to one-year concurrent sentences for felony criminal recklessness and intimidation.

The Putnam County charge stemmed from an October 2008 case in which Jared Robbins admitted to breaking into a shed on private property in Cloverdale with the intent to steal all-terrain vehicles. Robbins was never able to post bond, and was in jail from the time he was arrested on Oct. 14, 2008 until he was released from prison in July.

Lowe was out of jail on bond at the time of his death, charged with Class B felony burglary, Class D felony theft and two counts of Class D felony auto theft.

Turner said a time has not been set for Robbins' initial hearing, but he expects it to take place sometime Monday.

Class A felonies are punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

The incident is still under investigation. Officers from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department are being assisted by representatives from the Indiana State Police.

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So...was Lowe from Cloverdale or Martinsville? The headline says Cloverdale, the article says Martinsville. I know the point of the story is that a man was killed by another man, but inaccurate details such as these (and the Heritage Lake/Fillmore fire article)only lead to more rumors. Why, oh why, if the BG can't hire an editor to edit, can't they at least hire a proofreader to proofread?!

-- Posted by cll on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 6:00 PM

Maybe, ell should, rather than gripe at everything the paper does, volunteer to edit/proofread it him/herself. They might just find out that it isn't as easy as they think, then they might be appreciative of what they read

-- Posted by wrinklenose on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 6:18 PM

This whole story is just crazy. Will the woman with the baby that drove the alleged shooter away from the scene be charged with a crime? If not, she should be because she is an accessory. The eyewitness didn't want to be named but the BG may as well printed the name. The "eyewitness" (as was reported by the BG) came to the home with Lowe. Like everyone involved doesn't know who that is.

-- Posted by purple_heat on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 8:35 PM

This all goes to quality product and the Banner doesn't have one any more. Perhaps instead of firing the staff, they ought fire the people who are firing the people.

-- Posted by whatsup on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 9:20 PM

Weird,I thought the headline refered to Lowe from Martinsville and Cloverdale in the article is the location of the shooting and were Robbins resides. Maybe you should read a little better ell.

-- Posted by ajgarn on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 9:26 PM

The headline in the first run of this story said Cloverdale. It has since been corrected, and the article is a lot longer. For those of you who think I can't read and/or complain too much, I just want to point out that my pseudonym is cll, not ell. Also, I have said many times that I would volunteer to proofread the paper, as I would be very good at it, but I am too busy with all of my many other volunteer jobs. Thank you to "whatsup" for seeing my point. I'm glad to know that I am not the only one who prefers quality products and can tell the difference.

-- Posted by cll on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 11:43 PM

The previous comments are ridiculous - The fact is one person is dead, two or three people are responsible. If the child was "thrown" in the back seat then the woman did a "double no-no". So if she is sentenced to prison for an accessory to the murder. Her child should be able to find a good foster home to go to, because her mother is abusive.

-- Posted by Taxpayer5253 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 7:53 AM

my hart go's out to the famley of donald lowe. r.i.p in the arms of are lord you will be missed and i hope these people pay for what thy have done.

-- Posted by player65 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 8:40 AM

Quit bickering!!!! A man is dead!!!!

-- Posted by NotreDameFan01 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 8:51 AM

NO BIG LOSS ONE DEAD ANOTHER IN JAIL!!!!! Good job Putnam County Keep up the good work

-- Posted by JrsWife on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 10:27 AM

Jrs Wife..How very thoughtless of you.I wonder if you would say NO BIG LOSS if either of these men were your family members.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 11:27 AM

Imposible to enter Hendricks County from Putnam County traveling on I-70. You would enter Morgan County at approximately the 49 or 50 (Mill Creek bridge) mile marker.

-- Posted by 21st Century on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 12:08 PM

Correction to above post.

Sorry, about incorrect spelling of impossible.

-- Posted by 21st Century on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 12:12 PM

This kid Jared was staying next door to me and all I can say is thank God he is locked up. If he could kill someone over nothing then it makes me fear for everyone's safety. His family lives next door to me and I hope they can all get on with their lives, and forget about him. It was all crazy but knowing him he always had that look in his eye. The look of a killer. I for one am glad he is behind bars!

-- Posted by golayamanda26 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 1:16 PM

Citizenoftheworld, yes i would say it about my family as well, these two men have been nothing but a menace to society and waste of space per their long long long criminal records. It is people like these two that make it unsafe for our children.

-- Posted by JrsWife on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 2:47 PM

So...was Lowe from Cloverdale or Martinsville? The headline says Cloverdale, the article says Martinsville. I know the point of the story is that a man was killed by another man, but inaccurate details such as these (and the Heritage Lake/Fillmore fire article)only lead to more rumors. Why, oh why, if the BG can't hire an editor to edit, can't they at least hire a proofreader to proofread?!


Just to clarify the Heritage Lkae Fillmore issue. If you live at Heritage Lake your address is either Fillmore or Coatesville depending on the location of your home. I live at Heritage Lake and my address is Fillmore, In.

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 3:39 PM

One wonders if Jared was sentenced to the maximum or minimum sentencing or the State recommended sentence. Surely if the Marion County sentencing had been made consecutive rather than concurrent he would not have been out to commit this murder.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 7:56 PM

For those of you who are making fun and throwing puns out there you need to stop... this was my nieces father and regardless of what he had done it the past he was still a good person at heart. He was just caught up with the wrong people and got into some really stupid stuff. No matter how anyone else feels it is truly sad to know that he was murdered and now his daughter can no longer see him, talk to him on the phone... she will never be able to tell him about her first date, any school dances, and he will never be able to walk her down the aisle and give her away or be there for his grandchildren. I find it awful to know that you people think it is ok to down grade anyone regardless of their past. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for talking that way. Have some respect for the families involved. And regardless if it was drug related it is still a loss to someone who cared for him. And Jrs Wife you are very hateful... I don't care what you think or feel... you are a horrible person for putting that. And Donnie was from Cloverdale and his daughter, mother and brother are all devastated by this.

-- Posted by cmanley4 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 12:17 AM

It's always "he/she got caught up with the wrong people."

Perhaps these "victims" ARE the wrong people.

(Just a thought...)

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 12:24 AM

This Lowe "person" broke into our home and stole from us - my deceased mother's jewelry, checkbooks, digital camera, etc. etc. He also stole our son's car and he stole a truck from a friend of our son's. I am now SO happy that I don't have to worry about him or his lowlife girlfriend from coming back here - you're never the same after someone violates your space. I have always believed that what goes around comes around!

-- Posted by cmb on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 10:04 AM

cmb... Just wondering where your head is. I understand how you feel about feeling violated from the intrusion into your home and theft of your property. But to say on a open forum that your so happy about his death is just moronic. Do you not think this young man has friends, and most likely these friends are of the same nature as him. You very well could have made yourself and your family a target. Can't fix stupid.

-- Posted by ou812 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 2:48 PM

I feel sorry for the families involved but the fact that there are two less worthless criminals roaming the street makes me a happy man.

-- Posted by oh-wow! on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 4:10 PM

Have there been any court proceedings yet? Or has the BG just not covered it?

-- Posted by Mercidos on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 4:48 PM

God Bless All of You!

-- Posted by lp_27 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 5:36 PM

To all of you people dont you have anything better to do with your lifes then to sit on here and judge these people!!! You people are no better. My heart goes out to the family and i'm sorry for your loss. An yes my cousin Jared Robbins will pay for this for the rest of his life!!!! An i will stand buy his side no matter what... To you people who say you know him and he has the look of a killer well you people are WRONG and i am not trying to make it seem like what he done was ok cause it's not...but you people are so disrespectful and should feel ashamed. An to those who have wrote these horrible things about a man who has just lost his life well all i can say is grow up and have enough respect and let his family deal with there loss!!!!!

-- Posted by missmarie23 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 8:52 PM

I am disgusted by these comments. A man died. Plain and simple. Who really, honestly cares about anything else??? Cmanley4, Im so sorry. I couldnt imagine myself, or anyone in my family losing someone they love, especially so young. People will always talk **** even after something this tragic happens. No one knows how to let things go. They never will. Ignore them and be there for your family and try to move on, as hard as it is. Some things are easier said than done, I know. Again, Im sorry. For your lose and for the people who make it harder to grieve. They dont realize its difficult enough to deal with, and listening to the ignorance of other people on top of it, makes it almost impossible.

-- Posted by logical_mom on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 11:26 PM

I had a semi friendship with Donny, he was a good kid, just misguided. He used to live down the road from me, then I also knew him while he was in inmate worker in Putnam County Jail. He had the potential to be a good person, just wrong crowd.

It's saddening about what happened to him. I never would wish anyone harm, but Robbins should not get off easy for this. I hope he doesn't.

-- Posted by Mercidos on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 4:07 AM

I want to retract my last statement, I never meant to hurt anyone I care about. I was repeating what everyone in our neighborhood was saying and I should have just kept my big mouth out of it. I need to learn when to shut it and butt out. To the Robbins family, I am truely sorry I hurt you ar made you angry. You are my friends and I would never hurt you on purpous. I hope one day you will be able to forgive me. But I am sorry for being so disrespectful, and from now on I will keep my opinions to myself about everything.

-- Posted by golayamanda26 on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 7:26 AM

Donnie was a good person he did have a rough past and did things we arent proud off his child hood had a great affect on his adult life everyone has done wrong one way in there life it is ashame u would say someone more or less got what they deserve he was only human and left behind a little sweet child and alot of family and friends that will miss him dearly we didnt get a chance to say our goodbyes he was cremated and burried in the yard by his mother donnie isnt a rat he would man up to any of his situations so those of you who think he is u must of mistakin and took a very dear man,friend,daddy,and son from all of us!!!!!!!

-- Posted by grimluck88 on Thu, Aug 26, 2010, at 11:40 PM

Where is Donnie's obitouary at?

-- Posted by sassyas27 on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 2:56 AM

In His mother Yard. god rest his soul .

-- Posted by grimluck88 on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 8:30 AM

I went to school with Donnie and lost touch with him over the years it is ashame for what happen to him I was just wondering why their wasn't an obitouary of him and isnt it against the law to burry someone's ashes in a yard? Just curious that's why?

-- Posted by sassyas27 on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 12:27 PM

u people should b ashamed of yourselves dont have anything better to do than sit and talk about other people. i knew donnie and yeswe all make mistakes the whole cause of this leads back to the familiar cloverdale person that robbed th e cloverdale bank thats why he died donnie knew what went on and they had to take him out if his girlfriend wouldnt have been there the body would havent been found so lock your doors people the robbins are still here

-- Posted by sdamons on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 12:36 PM

As god Said and eye for eye right well we be there to make sure donnie get justice there alot of use to speak out so was it really worth it 22yrs lose his live in perison over some shit they never got charged with so now you told on them hope gets more of them lol

-- Posted by grimluck88 on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 3:15 PM

Hey, grimluck88. I think Area 30 has a basic English and spelling class that is free....

-- Posted by lindam7766 on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 11:54 AM

This is getting upsetting their is no obitouary,no one know's nothing about a showing or anything? Whats going on their are alot of people that loved Donnie and friends of Donnie that would like to know about his showing or furneal? I just cant beleive that Donnie is gone and I'm sorry for the family of Donnie's and his daughter how sad for this.

-- Posted by sassyas27 on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 2:43 PM

Donald was from reelsville lived here 23yrs to all who cared so much for him where have you been as far as an OBIT. if you were so close to him and such good friends then you would all know the details just like grimluck88 / and to purple heat thank god for the woman who told the truth or should everyone have pulled a Billy / and Billy 50yrs from now you will still have Donald Lowe's blood on your hands I pray each time you look in the mirror you see Donald Lowe's face / what a great friend you were to him / hope to see you in HEL_ / IM GOING TO LOVE WATCHING YOUR BABY GIRL CALL ANOTHER MAN DADDY

-- Posted by rville@ on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 6:04 PM


-- Posted by rville@ on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 11:58 PM

CMB This is mainly for u. U should feel like the real piece of crap u are for ur disgusting comments u made. I can see why u would compare a robbery to a murder as what goes around comes around. Since they are the same ( sarcasm ). In case you couldn't understand I wasn't actuaLLY being serious. I MET DONNIE A FEW TIMES HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MY BOYFRIEND. HE HAD AN AWESOME PERSONALITY AND CHARACTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NONE OF US R PERFECT. WE ALL HAVE MADE MISTAKES SO SCREW U AND YOUR MATERIAL LOSSES. A LIFE WAS LOST AND THERE IS NO AMOUNT WORTH THAT. A MOTHER LOST HER SON. A FAMILY LOST! WE LOST A GOOD FRIEND!!!! STOP AND THINK OF WHAT U PUT AS UR SELFISH COMMENT. CHECK YOUR CHARACTER AND FIX THE DEFECTS!

-- Posted by Danielle Potts on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 1:48 PM

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