For the seventh time, the Supreme Judicial Court declined to overturn Paul Robinson's conviction for the murders of Patrick Hughes and his nephew, also named Patrick Hughes, in the family drugstore on Tremont Street across from Mission Church on Dec. 21, 1968.
In a separate ruling today, the court rejected a similar appeal by George McGrath, who was also sentenced to life without parole for his role in the two victims' death.
The court ruled that, again, Robinson failed to provide any new legal reasoning to merit the court considering whether to overturn his conviction of life without possibility of parole. That the court considered his appeal was a minor victory for Robinson - his latest request for a hearing before the state's highest court had been rejected by a single justice and the court normally considers such denials "final and unreviewable."
In 1969, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Robinson and McGrath of shooting both Hughes and his nephew in the head during a robbery. Police found the two lying atop each other behind the drugstore's counter.
According to his own testimony, Robinson spent the hours before the robbery downing 10 vodkas and 7-Ups, smoking pot, and injecting himself with heroin.