Bond hearing set for man accused of murder in Angie Pipkin case

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A bond hearing has been set for next week for the man accused of murder in the case of missing 32-year-old Angie Pipkin.

Horry County Police Department's Major Crimes Unit took 46-year-old Randy Gale Robinson into custody for a second time on Thursday, March 6 after serving a search warrant at a home on Sullivan Drive in Murrells Inlet. A bond hearing has been scheduled for Robinson for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 10.

Robinson had previously been charged with obstruction of justice in the search for Pipkin. Police say Robinson provided them with false information as to his whereabouts the night Pipkin disappeared.

According to an arrest warrant for murder from the Horry County Police Department, Robinson "did with malice aforethought strike Angie Pipkin, victim, about her person which resulted in her death." The warrant claims that on January 17, 2014, Robinson struck Pipkin at the home on Sullivan Drive, dismembered the victim's body, and then disposed of it in a body of water in Darlington County. The claims are based on witness statements and physical evidence gathered through the course of the investigation, the warrant states.

View the arrest warrant here:  (PDF Format) - WARNING: Contains graphic details.

The search of the Pee Dee River for evidence in the case of missing Aynor woman Angie Pipkin that was scheduled for Monday, March 24 was called off, Darlington County Sheriff's Officials confirmed. Crews with the DCSO and the Department of Natural Resources have been searching the Pee Dee River for evidence in the case of 32-year-old Angie Pipkin, an Aynor woman who has been missing since mid-January. Robinson has been arrested and charged for murder in connection with this case. In an alert sent by the sheriff's office, officials confirmed the March 24 search of the Great Pee Dee River in Darlington County was canceled due to the height of the water and strong currents.

"It's just too dangerous right now, with the conditions the way they are, to have anyone searching the river," said Sheriff Wayne Byrd. "There has been a lot of debris flowing down [Pee Dee River] for the last three weeks. It's still too dangerous for divers, boats, and other personnel."

There is no word on when the search will be rescheduled, but officials say it will take place as soon as possible. Earlier this month, Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd tweeted: "DCSO is coordinating with the CUE Center for a search of the Great Pee Dee River on March 24th. Also making arrangements for side scan sonar."

On Thursday, March 6, police served Robinson with the warrant for the murder charge, just hours after police began searching the Pee Dee River landing in Darlington County for evidence in the disappearance of Pipkin. The search was initiated based on a tip into the investigation of Pipkin's disappearance.

Police were on scene of the home on Sullivan Drive until about 11 p.m. Our reporter at the scene saw investigators spraying the home's entryway and shining black lights in the area.

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Pipkin has been missing since mid-January. Pipkin's father dropped her off at the IGA in Aynor where she was meeting a friend. When her father returned later, she was gone. She was later seen on surveillance camera footage from a Myrtle Beach food mart on Highway 707.

After a week without contact, Pipkin's mother called police. The police report from the HCPD states that the mother had checked Pipkin's Facebook page to find no recent activity, and her cell phone was going straight to voicemail, with a full mailbox.

Pipkin's friends and family have set up the Facebook page "Find Angie Pipkin" that can be found here:

Read more about Angie Pipkin's case and other missing persons from our area here: 

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