Whitney D. Robins

Robins

The third suspect in connection to the death of a former probation officer and counselor has been charged with murder.

Whitney D. Robins, 28, Union, was indicted Tuesday, Feb. 28, by the Franklin County grand jury in the murder of Kenneth Allen Jr., 70, at his home south of Washington.

The indictment warrant was served March 8 at the Franklin County Jail where Robins was being held on burglary and receiving stolen property, according to court records.

Allen’s body was found at his Elmwood Estates Drive residence after 8 a.m. Nov. 4.

Robins, along with Timothy D. Wonish, 31, and Blake S. Schindler, 17, also of Union, have been in custody since they were arrested Nov. 4. They each are being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.

Wonish and Schindler were indicted Jan. 24. The suspects were all residing at a home in the 700 block of Forest View Drive south of Union.

Investigators with the St. Louis Area Major Case Squad said there were no signs of injury to Allen, who was found on the floor in his home at 8:30 a.m. by an acquaintance. The man had gone to Allen’s home to do yard work and called 911 after finding his body.

Authorities found evidence that someone had been in the home, possibly searching for something.

The suspects were located at a residence shortly before midnight on Nov. 4 in South St. Louis County and were in possession of items that belonged to Allen, according to Major Case Squad Deputy Cmdr. Gary Higginbotham.

The FBI was called to assist in processing the crime scene due to conflicts with other agencies, he said.

Allen was a co-owner of Meramec Recovery Center Inc. He was a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in August that alleges members of the Franklin County Drug Court conspired to convince a judge and the Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA) to terminate Meramec Recovery Center’s contract as treatment provider for the drug court.

The suit was dismissed in December 2016 at the request of the plaintiffs. Jan Allen and Meramec Recovery Center Inc. also were listed as plaintiffs in the case.