FL Supremes Uphold Conviction for Adam Davis FL DR in 1998 Murder

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June 06, 2008, 03:25:50 AM Last Edit: July 02, 2010, 04:36:37 PM by Jeff1857
From http://www.miamiherald.com/775/story/559443.html:

Conviction in Vicki Robinson murder upheld

Posted on Thu, Jun. 05, 2008

The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The state Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal by convicted murderer Adam Davis, who helped his teenage girlfriend murder her mother.

The Supreme Court unanimously rejected Davis' appeal on claims that his legal representation was ineffective, a confession was improperly admitted and that there was false testimony at his trial.

Davis was convicted along with Valessa Robinson of the murder of Valessa's mother, Vicki Robinson, in 1998. The Tampa woman was choked, injected with bleach and stabbed. Davis was 19 at the time. Valessa Robinson was 15.

Davis is on death row for the murder. Valessa Robinson was sentenced to 20 years in prison. A third defendant, Jon Whispel, was sentenced to 25 years.

After the murder, the three friends stole Vicki Robinson's car and credit cards and set off on a cross-country escape before being caught in Texas.

Another appeal denied!

And here are the criminals involved:
Adam Davis on Death Row: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveInmates/inmateaction.asp?DataAction=GetInmate&DCNumber=145267
Jon Whispel in prison: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveInmates/inmateaction.asp?DataAction=GetInmate&DCNumber=T11195
Valessa Robinson in prison: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveInmates/inmateaction.asp?DataAction=GetInmate&DCNumber=T21270


This crime happened on 27 June 2008, 10 years ago today. The St. Petersburg Times has a very detailed story on the case, to mark the occasion: http://sptimes.com/News/webspecials/robinsonmurder/

Sad how the guy who blew the whistle got 25 years and Adam Davis got sentenced to death, but Valessa Robinson got only 20 years. If you don't want to get upset reading how Valessa's defence lawyers manipulated the jury, then don't read the Special Coverage linked above. Clearly, the judge saw through it all and wanted to give her a much tougher sentence, but he couldn't... so he gave her the maximum according the guidelines while still adding a few years...

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