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Man charged 8 months after allegedly stealing murder victim's car

Robert Craig Sandman has had run-ins with the law before, but he made his first court appearance for an alleged car theft, that occured eight months ago, earlier this week. 11-06-13
Robert Craig Sandman has had run-ins with the law before, but he made his first court appearance for an alleged car theft, that occured eight months ago, earlier this week.
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Updated: 11/07/2013 12:22 pm
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Eight months after he allegedly stole a murder victims' car, Robert Craig Sandman is finally facing his charges in Gwinnett County.

Another one of Sandman's victims told WSB-TV Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh she hopes he's never allowed out again.

"I know what he's capable of," Kathie Richie said.

Richie is friend and neighbor of Donald Singer. Family found Singer dead and covered up in his Duluth garage last March. Richie said she immediately steered police toward Sandman, her ex-boyfriend she helped prosecutors put away for aggravated stalking.

Days following Sandman's release from a Georgia prison, Singer was found dead. Singer's prized Porsche was gone.

"I knew he did it. I knew he did it. I knew he did it the night I told the detective at the scene," Richie said.

Authorities quickly located Sandman in New Mexico in Singer's car. He was arrested, but walked out of jail weeks later when Gwinnett authorities failed to pick him up.

This led to October and a New Mexico drug raid that landed Sandman back in jail. This time Gwinnett authorities got it right, returning Sandman back to Gwinnett County.

Wednesday afternoon, Sandman tried to hide from Channel 2's cameras in the courtroom. It was Sandman's first court appearance for an alleged crime that happened nearly eight months ago.

Duluth police have only charged Sandman with theft by taking. But they said all along they wanted to question him about to Singer's death.

"I'm glad that he's in custody. And, I'm hoping that the family gets some sort of answers finally," Richie said. "I don't want to see him ever get out again. I want him to be behind bars for life."

Duluth police declined to comment on if they have questioned Sandman yet or where this death investigation will go from here.

Sandman is expected back in court next week.


Video: WSB-TV Atlanta
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