Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: 22-year-old cold case murder of Terry Robinson

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee murder turned cold is breathing new life as detectives and the victim's family are working together to get new leads. They need your to help them solve this decades-old case. 

Terence Robinson's big brother, David, has been keeping track of his murder case for 22 years. 

"I have been staying in touch steadily and I check the cold case and I Google his name every once in a while. I am the older brother, I am supposed to do that right," said David Robinson.

He took the call from Milwaukee police detectives on Oct. 25, 1998, telling him his brother had been shot multiple times and crashed his car into a house near 33rd and Cherry. 

"I can remember that phone call like it happened two minutes ago," David said. 

David Robinson says his littler brother, "Terry," had just gotten out of rehab. He and his wife had two kids and he was supposed to take over the family plastics business. 

"He was the chosen one," David said. "He was going to be the guy that would run the company and grow the company to the next level which actually he did for a while. He was always the loudest laugher cutting the jokes, and always the guy that everybody looked to for the smart comments he was always very bright fella, very engaging and great in sales. Customers liked him...so when he was killed it was a great loss in my mind to the family business and the family."

In more than two decades, David Robinson has communicated with about five different Milwaukee Police Department cold case teams. He calls each month hoping for answers. 

MPD Detective Timothy Keller has been working on the case since October of 2020. 

"I read through this case and I talked with the other detectives that have worked on it and what their strategy was from there. We have been brainstorming on where to go with this case and featuring it on Crime Stoppers was definitely something we wanted to do," said Detective Keller. 

The only clue they have is that witnesses saw Terry Robinson with people driving a light-colored mid-80s four-door Cadillac at a gas station on 33rd and Vliet. They believe this may have been a robbery gone wrong. 

Both detectives and Terry Robinson's brother say they'll never give up on solving this case and believe someone will come forward anonymously with what they know. 

"I'm hoping getting a little publicity out here will stir somebody’s memory or somebody would want to get something off their chest... sprinkles on a donut," said David Robinson. 

If you know anything about Terry Robinson's murder, call Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS. You can also leave a tip through the P3 Tips App. Remember, no one will ever find out who you are. Your identity is always hidden and if your tips leads to an arrest, you could get $1,000 cash. 

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