Woman bonds out of jail after ex-husband's slaying in NW Bradenton

Herald Staff WritersJuly 15, 2011 

MANATEE -- A Manatee woman is facing murder charges after a shooting left her ex-husband dead in Northwest Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Robin Crane, 50, has been charged with murder. She was released from the Manatee County jail after posting $250,000 bond.

Before he was killed, Ernie R. Crane had called 911 to report a domestic incident at the house he shared with his ex-wife, Robin Crane, in the 700 block of 86th Street Court NW, according to sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow.

But the deputy who responded about 8:30 p.m. did not see any evidence of a crime and and left after giving the pair domestic violence packets, said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.

The deputy drove away, but turned around and saw Ernie Crane walking out of the home, waving his hands and yelling that his wife shot him, a release stated. He collapsed about 20 feet from the front door and later died.

Ernie Crane had not told the 911 operator that his wife had a gun, Bristow said, and the deputy did not see a weapon.

Sheriff Brad Steube said the deputy handled the situation appropriately, and there was no way to tell the situation was about to escalate.

The deputy rendered aid until EMS arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene, according to a news release.

Bristow said Robin Crane was intoxicated. The gun detectives believe Robin Crane used has been recovered, Bristow said.

Detectives later learned that the couple was divorced, but still living together, the release stated.

After the shooting, the sheriff’s office secured the area of 86th Street Court Northwest south of Ninth Avenue Northwest, a tree-lined, dead-end lane lined by large upscale homes.

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