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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (FOX13) -

For 24-year-old Jerrell Jenkins of W est Memphis, Ark., it still plays out in his mind in a recurring nightmare.

The final frantic seconds of his best friend's life spilling out through a bullet hole.

"As I run to the door and he pushed me out of the door and told me to 'get back, get back,'" he said.

It's been nine months since Jenkins, a father of four, had played host at his West Memphis apartment to his friend, 29-year-old Carlos Mitchell in December 2012.

A fun time  of television watching abruptly turned violent in the 200 block of North 26th Street. Jenkins told West Memphis Police his friend Mitchell excused himself to take care of a quick errand.

"By the time he get out of the door about two or three seconds later we heard a gunshot," Jenkins recalled.
 
Shot in the back, the dying Mitchell's last words allegedly identified his killer to Jenkins.

"He said 'Bobby just shot me,'" Jenkins told FOX13 News. "Bobby? Bobby who? 'Big Nose Bobby.' I said, 'Big Nose Bobby? He was just out there earlier that day.'"

Two days after the shooting Bobby L. Robinson was arrested across the river in Memphis by Shelby County Sheriff's deputies. Four days later Robinson allegedly confessed to shooting Mitchell, an altercation over $5 Mitchell allegedly owed Robinson.

Since his arrest the 29-year-old Robinson has been behind bars at the Crittenden County jail on a first degree murder charge. However, Jenkins has heard nothing about when the case against Robinson will lead to a trial.

He says he's also heard rumors that send chills down his spine. Robinson could be back on the streets soon and according to a recent message he received from a jailhouse informant looking for him.

"Bobby said he going to get you when he sees you man. He said he's waiting to see you," Jenkins said. "I woke up with nightmares that knowing him he's going to beat this murder charge. Everybody tells me, 'nah, nah, he ain't going to beat it.' But, it just so happens here we go months later this man is fixing to get out free.

"There's something in the back of my head says them folks down there ain't doing they job right."

Though he would not go on camera, Crittenden County Prosecutor Boone Nance said the case against Robinson is still pending. When asked if he knew Robinson's nine-month incarceration made him eligible for pre-trial release this month, Nance said Robinson had not bonded out since his arrest.

Under Arkansas law pre-trial releases consist of bail bonds or citation releases or one's own recognizance. Nance confirmed a murder trial for Robinson has now been scheduled for sometime in November. Jenkins says no matter if Robinson does manage to get out before then, he won't get caught off guard like his friend Carlos.

"I ain't scared of him," Jenkins said. "I ain't running from him. I'm right here. Cause that's my homey. He took my homey away from me."

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