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Teens charged in Robinson killing in Tampa

Photo of Jon Whispel
Jon Whispel, left, one of three teens charged with murdering Vicki Robinson, was returned to Tampa Thursday.
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]


© St. Petersburg Times, published July 17, 1998

TAMPA -- Adam Davis and Jon Whispel, two teenagers charged with murdering a Carrollwood mother last month, were returned to Tampa on Thursday.

A swarm of reporters and photographers turned out to record the somber 19-year-olds, handcuffed and flanked by sheriff's deputies, as they left a Hillsborough sheriff's bureau in Ybor City for a trip to the county jail on Thursday evening.

Photo of Adam Davis
Adam Davis, who is charged with murdering Vicki Robinson, waits in a sheriff's car Thursday outside the Ybor City sheriff's bureau. Davis and Whispel were returned to Tampa from Texas.
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
Neither said a word. They were taken to the jail in separate cars.

"They were very cooperative," sheriff's spokesman Lt. Greg Brown said. "They did what was asked of them."

The teenagers are charged, along with 15-year-old Valessa Robinson, the victim's daughter, with first-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Vicki Robinson at her Carrollwood Village home.

Robinson's decomposed body was found two weeks ago in woods near Town N' Country after the three teens left Tampa and drove across the country using Robinson's minivan and credit cards.

The three were arrested July 2 after a chase on Interstate 10 in Texas.

Valessa Robinson was flown to Tampa shortly after her arrest. But Davis and Whispel remained in a Texas jail while the authorities worked out the logistics of their return. Neither fought extradition proceedings.

"They wanted to get out of Texas," Brown said. "I don't think they had a fun time there."

Sheriff's detectives and friends and relatives of Robinson's have said Valessa and her mother didn't get along because her mother objected to Valessa's relationship with Davis.

Robinson had plans to send Valessa to a private school for troubled teens when she was killed.

Valessa, while charged with first-degree murder, will not face the death penalty because of her age.

She has said in jail-house interviews that they never intended to kill her mother, and that she was high on acid when her mother was killed.

Brown said that because of the notoriety of the case, Davis and Whispel will be kept apart and away from other inmates.

All three teens are being held without bail.


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