A mother, a daughter, a murder
  

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"These men murdered her mother," Assistant Public Defender Dee Ann Athan says as she points to pictures of Jon Whispel, left, and Adam Davis, and then points to her client, Valessa Robinson, during her opening statement Wednesday.

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Valessa Robinson listens as her attorneys -- Dee Ann Athan, obscured, Lisa Campbell and Lyann Goudie -- discuss their final juror picks with Tampa sociologist Harvey Moore.

photo Chuck Robinson, right, with his wife, Vennessa, talks with Tom Klug, Vicki Robinson's brother, before the lunch recess Wednesday. Robinson says his daughter Valessa "cares very deeply about what has happened and she misses her mother terribly." She is innocent, he says. "I don't believe she did it."

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Donna Klug, Vicki Robinson's mother, cries Wednesday as prosecutor Pam Bondi describes the murder of her daughter.

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Prosecutor Pam Bondi ended her opening statement Wednesday by telling the jury: "After hearing all of the evidence, we have no doubt you will convict Valessa Robinson of this murder. Thank you."

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photo Jim Englert shows a topaz ring he gave girlfriend Vicki Robinson; he wears it around his neck. Englert, the first witness called, said of the night he last saw her: "I will never forget Vicki in the doorway."

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Valessa Robinson is embraced and comforted by her lead attorney, Assistant Public Defender Dee Ann Athan, at the end of Wednesday's courtroom proceedings, after the jury filed out and just before she was cuffed and escorted away. Earlier, Judge J. Rogers Padgett denied a prosecution motion to prevent Athan from holding Valessa's hand or otherwise showing her affection in front of the jury.

  
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