A mother, a daughter, a murder
  

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Assistant Public Defender Dee Ann Athan, left, with fellow attorneys Lyann Goudie and Lisa Campbell, holds Valessa Robinson's hand before the lunch recess Monday. Earlier, Athan won the right to refer to her client by her first name or as "this child."

Valessa in 1994, as a member of a Little League softball team

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photo Valessa as a member of the Tampa Northwest "Y" swimming team. Her age at the time is unknown.

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photo Valessa, 10, with both arms broken from a fall off a swing. Laura Klug, who is married to Vicki Robinson's cousin, saw the girl here and said: "I can't see what went wrong."

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Vicki Robinson and Jim Englert, during a visit to her parents' Michigan cabin in July 1997. A divorced father of three, Jim was in love with Vicki.

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Vicki Robinson planned to send Valessa to Steppin' Stone Farm, a Christian boarding school in rural Hillsborough. "Valessa was no worse than any of the girls who come here," said director Cindy Churchill.

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Sheriff's Deputy Mike Sheehan holds the door as prospective jurors for the Valessa Robinson trial file into the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex in Tampa on Monday. Jury selection resumes today.

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At the end of the day, sheriff's Deputies R. Walker, left, and M. Wheelus help Valessa climb into the back of a van that would take her back to the Orient Road jail.

  
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