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Man pleads not guilty to homeless 'death warrant' stabbings

July 26, 2012 |  4:05 pm

Courtney Anthony RobinsonA drifter from Florida remains in custody after pleading not guilty to the attempted murder of three Los Angeles-area homeless people.

Courtney Anthony Robinson pleaded not guilty Wednesday at a Los Angeles court. He is being charged with three counts of attempted murder with personal use of a knife and great bodily injury.

His bail was set at $3 million, according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office.

Investigators say Robinson allegedly stabbed two homeless men and one homeless woman in separate incidents earlier this month. All three victims were stabbed in the back while they were sleeping. Robinson allegedly left "death warrants" at the scenes that had been typed and signed, police said.

The first stabbing occurred on July 3, when a 56-year-old homeless man was found bleeding with a large knife in his back near 3rd and Main streets in Los Angeles. Two weeks later, Robinson allegedly stabbed another homeless man in a similar manner near Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. A third stabbing, of a 54-year-old woman near Hollywood High School, was reported July 19.

All the victims survived.

Robinson turned himself in to authorities last Friday after the Los Angeles Police Department asked the public to help track Robinson down.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Robinson, who signed his "death warrants" as David Ben Keyes, targeted the victims "for a specific reason," but authorities declined to provide further detail.

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Photo: A prior booking photo of Courtney Anthony Robinson. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department