SALLISAW, Okla. —
A judge has ruled there is enough evidence to put a Sallisaw man on trial for a 1997 beating death during a robbery.
During a preliminary hearing Friday, Sequoyah County Special Judge Larry Langley ordered 38-year-old Rex Richard Robbins III to be tried on a first-degree murder charge.
He is accused in the death of 28-year-old Mitchell Dayne Nixon
The Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark., reported another man allegedly involved in the incident has died and a third suspect is in federal prison.
Robbins has been held without bond at the Sequoyah County Detention Center since his March 6 arrest.
The cold case was reopened two years ago. Robbins spoke to investigators in March and allegedly described all three men attacking the victim.