This was an interesting search. First, I found a reference to the
case at http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/year03/july22_1_03.htm
where the information is dated July 22, 2003:
"Derek Robie was just four years old on August 2, 1993 when teenager
Eric Smith, strangled and bludgeoned the preschooler. Smith was
convicted as an adult for second degree murder and received the
maximum sentence of nine years to life. Smith was up for parole for
the first time last year and was denied."
The item is from a press release titled "GOVERNOR PATAKI SIGNS PENNY'S
LAW - Law Toughens Penalties for Juveniles Convicted as Adults" - I
was surprised there was not more on the Internet concerning the case.
Then, when I searched for "eric smith" "derek robie" the press release
above was the only one referenced by Google. See
Curious (because the case should have more Internet references, I
thought), I then searched a bit differently and found a Yahoo message
referencing "Derrick Robie" - That appears to be the spelling used
most often (so the Governor's press release may have misspelled
Robie's first name).
Here are additional references with the Derrick spelling:
[searching "eric smith" "derrick robie" on Google]
District Attorney - John C. Tunney (prosecuted Eric Smith)
Why We Shouldn't Tolerate Animal Cruelty (reerencing Eric's killing of a cat)
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Eric Derek murder "new york"
"eric smith" "derek robie"
"eric smith" robie murder
"eric smith" "derrick robie"