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Resource ID: #20249
Subject: Crime
Source: Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Date: 2000-05-29


A two-part series on the Valessa Robinson murder case. Ms. Robinson, a 15-year-old girl, was charged with brutally stabbing her mother to death. However, the jury rejected the first-degree murder charge, and convicted her instead of third-degree murder. The article probes into what took place leading up to that verdict, and how Valessa's defense team was able to play down her extensive drug use and sexual experience, and paint her instead as a victim, a vulnerable child. And how on the other hand, her boyfriend -- who wound up on death row -- became the true villain.

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