It's pretty unusual for the suspect in a high profile, violent crime to talk to the media. But, in an hour-long conversation at the Langlade County Jail on Tuesday, Dale Robsinson said he wanted to tell his side of the story.
Robinson is charged with the kidnapping of Deanna Zuleger Scantlin, a young mother from Wausau. Late Monday night, he broke his silence and showed investigators where he placed her body. The remains were found in the woods off a logging trail just across the Langlade County border on the Menominee Indian Reservation.
In addition to listening to Robinson's account of the night Deanna died, we also asked him about some of the evidence that's been presented against him in court.
Dale Robinson said that Deanna's death was an accident. But, testimony given in court claims he admitted to killing her.
On Oct. 11 during a preliminary hearing in Marathon County, Angie Forqurean testified in court.
"He was saying that he picked up a lady bartender and killed her because she wouldn't have sex with him," said Forqurean.
Forqurean claims to have dated Robinson.
During our jail interview Robinson's response was, "You don't take human life because someone won't have sex with you."
We asked him, "Did you kill Deanna?"
Robinson said, "No, I did not."
In a criminal complaint that charges Robinson with kidnapping Deanna, the woman also told investigators "...she recalls Dale burning 'bloody clothes'..."
His answer to that is this, "The only thing that is any truth, I did burn my jacket, shirt and pants."
But Robinson claims that's for the same reason he didn't tell police about her death, because he panicked and was afraid nobody would believe it was an accident.
That is Dale Robinson's side of the story. But witnesses and other evidence may contradict that. Again, it will be up to the justice system to decide what really happened the night Deanna died.