Robin Archer was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for planning the robbery and murder of Billy Coker. According to court documents Robin Archer was recently fired from a auto parts store and blamed Billy Coker. Robin Archer would convince his seventeen year old nephew Pat Bonifay to rob the store and murder Billy Coker and that is what he did. Robin Archer would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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In 1991, Robin Lee Archer was convicted of armed robbery, grand theft, and first-degree murder. Although Archer was not present when the crime occurred, he supplied the motivation and the inside information for the robbery of the Trout Auto Parts store and the murder of the store clerk, Billy Coker. Three other individuals were found responsible for the crime: Patrick Bonifay, who shot and killed Coker; Clifford Barth, who assisted Bonifay inside the store; and Larry Edwin Fordham, who drove the getaway car. On direct appeal, this Court summarized the facts of the crime as follows:
According to the testimony presented at trial, Archer was fired from his job at an auto parts store in March 1990. The following January he convinced his cousin, seventeen-year-old Pat Bonifay, to kill the clerk he apparently blamed for his having been fired. Bonifay testified that Archer told him to rob the store to hide the motive for the killing and to wear a ski mask and gloves and also told him the location of the store’s cash box and emergency exit. Bonifay borrowed a handgun from a friend who gave the gun to Archer to give to Bonifay.
Bonifay talked two friends into helping him, and the trio went to the parts store on Friday night, January 24, 1991. Bonifay could not go through with the murder, however, and they left the store. The next day Archer got after Bonifay for not killing the clerk, and the trio went back to the store that night. Bonifay shot the clerk and he and one of his friends crawled into the store through the night parts window. After opening the cash boxes, Bonifay shot the clerk in the head twice as he lay on the floor begging for his life. Archer later refused to pay Bonifay because he killed the wrong clerk.
Bonifay confessed to several people, one of whom informed the authorities, resulting in the arrest of Archer, Bonifay, and Bonifay’s two friends. The defendants were tried separately, and Archer’s jury convicted him of first-degree murder. The judge agreed with the jury’s recommendation and sentenced him to death.