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Teen suspect wants help with hair loss

Jon Whispel, charged in the death of a Carrollwood woman, wants medical attention.

Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 21, 1998

TAMPA -- Jon Whispel, one of three teens accused of murdering a Carrollwood mother, is scheduled to appear before a judge today to seek medical attention for his unexplained hair loss.

Whispel, 19, is charged along with his friend, Adam Davis, 19, and Davis' girlfriend, Valessa Robinson, 15, in the stabbing death of her mother, Vicki Robinson. While in jail awaiting trial, the hair on Whispel's head has fallen out in more than 40 areas, roughly the size of quarters and dimes, and has not grown back, his attorney said.

According to court records, Whispel has asked for medical attention at the Hillsborough County Jail. He has filed a grievance at the jail because he hasn't gotten any medical attention for the condition, according to court records. Today, Whispel's attorney will ask Circuit Judge Cynthia Holloway to require the jail to provide medical attention.

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