Update: US Prosecutors Will Not Bring Charges In The Shanquella Robinson Murder Case
Update: (Apr. 12, 2023): New details have surfaced surrounding the investigation into the unfortunate death of Shanquella Robinson.
Federal prosecutors announced today (Apr. 12) that they will not be filing criminal charges in the death of Shanquella Robinson. As you may recall, In October 2022, the 25-year-old entrepreneur was reportedly brutally beaten by a friend while on a trip together in Cabo, Mexico. Other people who joined Robinson on the vacation were in the hotel room at the time of the incident, however, they did not help or intervene.
Her alleged friends initially told her family she died of alcohol poisoning, however, video footage of the attack eventually surfaced online. Reportedly, in the footage, one of the witnesses yelled at Robinson to “at least fight back.”
Robinson’s autopsy report later revealed that she suffered from a broken neck and spinal cord injury due to the assault.
Despite the graphic video, there was not enough evidence of wrongdoing to issue criminal charges, according to the statement released by United States Attorney Dena King and the FBI.
“Based on the results of the autopsy and after a careful deliberation and review of the investigative materials by both U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal prosecutors informed Ms. Robinson’s family today that the available evidence does not support a federal prosecution.”
It’s important to note that it’s unclear how this will impact the requested extradition of the person of interest —Daejhanae Jackson — Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant for last year.
Original story: (Mar. 3, 2023): The family of Shanquella Robinson is fed up with U.S. officials for “abandoning them” in the investigation of her death.
The Robinson family’s attorney, Sue-Ann Robinson, who has no relation to Shanquella, recently gave an update after returning from a trip to Mexico, claiming it’s been hard to get information.
Attorney Robinson told sources,
“We weren’t greeted by the consulate and taken to the attorney general’s office, we kind of had to make our way in order to get the information…We did not receive any assistance from [the Consulate], despite their knowledge of the protocols and Mexico that the attorney general would require the consulate to be involved because it is a crime involving a U.S. citizen.”
Robinson was able to find out that the investigation has been completed in Mexico and that an extradition packet was handed to the U.S. government. She said it’s now a matter of “waiting for our government to do the next steps in the process.”
“It is a unique case in that this extradition process is requiring the United States to essentially turn over a United States citizen or citizens to the Mexican government in order to be brought to justice under their criminal justice system.”
“But it’s not something that’s unprecedented or that lacks a protocol for it to be done, it just takes a high-level diplomatic intervention.”
On Friday (Mar.3) Shanquella Robinson’s family headed to Washington, D.C. to hold a press conference pleading for support from U.S. officials.
Shanquella’s sister, Quilla Long, said she is disappointed with how the U.S. government has handled this case.
“I have not been able to rest since October 29th of 2022. I got the call of her death. I also was told lies about her death and I witnessed among others of the world, a video of a death. This journey has been frustrating, the feeling of disheartenment towards our government. I feel like our government has failed us. Now we got to take extra steps and measurements as far as rallies, as far as press conferences, and mailing letters, I feel like we should not have to do this. It’s been five months and something should have been done.”
Shanquella’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, also voiced her frustrations that her daughter’s killer is out free while their family continues to suffer.
“The people who knew what happened to my daughter are living their lives. They have returned to work and my family is left to wait. And we beg for answers. I am here as an American citizen to ask our president and everyone with the power to get justice for my daughter to help me, please help me and my family.”
Attorneys Sue-Ann Robinson and Ben Crump said it’s time for the Department of Justice and State Department to step up and assist in the investigation.
“The ball is clearly in United States court. The state department and the Department of Justice, the ball is in your court; do what you have to do.”
Ben Crump said,
“Mexico has advised that their investigation is complete. They have identified a suspect that suspect is currently out free in the United States of America, and that is not right, that the suspects and the people involved are sleeping comfortably in their own beds at night.”
On Oct. 28, 25-year-old Shanquella Robinson left her home in Charlotte, North Carolina to embark on a trip with friends to Cabo, Mexico. The next day, she was pronounced dead inside the villa where she and her friends had booked their stay.
The victim’s mother, Salamondra Robinson, was told that Robinson passed from alcohol poisoning. However, a video then surfaced throughout social media of the young woman seemingly being brutally beaten by one of her fellow vacation attendees. Robinson’s death was later determined to be a result of a broken neck and severe shattering of the spinal cord.
Prosecutors in Mexico say that an arrest warrant has been issued for one of the people who accompanied Shanquella on the trip to Mexico. That person hasn’t been officially identified.
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