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Caller told police of woman's murder


© St. Petersburg Times, published July 10, 1998

TAMPA -- Hours before she was murdered, Vicki Robinson tried to get her daughter's friends to leave her Carrollwood home. They refused.

After Robinson was reported missing, her boyfriend, Jim Englert, told authorities what happened before he left Robinson's house that night. He said Robinson's daughter Valessa refused to let her friends leave.

Now, Valessa, 15, and those friends, Adam Davis and Jon Whispel, both 19, are accused of stabbing Robinson to death.

Within days, the boys were telling friends what they had done, court records show.

Four days after she disappeared, an anonymous caller told sheriff's deputies the 49-year old real estate agent had been murdered. The girl, who contacted officials July 1, said one of the teens called her and admitted killing Robinson in her home, records show.

The caller said Robinson was knocked unconscious, murdered and her body dumped outside of Tampa. She also said Valessa Robinson had witnessed her mother's murder.

The next day, the three teenagers were arrested in Texas. The day after that, Robinson's body was found in woods near Whispel's home.

Authorities believe Robinson was killed between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. that Saturday morning. On Thursday, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich ordered Valessa held without bail until her trial on a first-degree murder charge. On July 3, the day Robinson's body was found in Town 'N Country, Hillsborough detectives searched her home at 4221 Cartnal Ave., and removed various items including a bottle of bleach, pieces of lamp from a hallway bathroom, a knife and hair and blood samples.

Authorities plan to bring Davis and Whispel to Tampa to face murder charges sometime this week.
-- Times staff writer David Karp contributed to this story.

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