A mother, a daughter, a murder
  

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Chuck Robinson, seated in the courtroom Tuesday, has been his daughter Valessa's steadiest supporter since she was charged with murdering his ex-wife. Robinson has visited Valessa weekly -- sometimes more -- in jail for 19 months.

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Assistant Public Defender Dee Ann Athan urges potential jurors to leave their opinions outside the courtroom. "Can you be a clean slate for Valessa?" she asked one during questioning. "I'm Valessa's voice."

Valessa Robinson leans on attorney Lisa Campbell at the end of Tuesday's courtroom proceedings. One of the excused jurors, commenting on Valessa, said: "I see a child. I see -- and this is where the drugs come in -- I see a child that is probably very, very unhappy inside."

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Vicki's mother, Donna Klug, says she is not angry at Chuck Robinson. They will always have Vicki's older daughter, Michelle, in common. "He feels bad like we do," Mrs. Klug says.

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photo Circuit Judge J. Rogers Padgett repeatedly told Assistant Public Defender Dee Ann Athan on Tuesday that she was going too far in her questioning of potential jurors.

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[Times photo -- Tony Lopez]
Until the trial this week, Vicki Robinson's family had not seen or spoken to Valessa since the murder in June 1998. At left, Vicki's younger brother Kirt Klug confers with older sister Kathy during jury selection Tuesday. Between them is Kathy's husband, Dale Garlow.

  
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