Prosecutors: No charges in Shanquella Robinson’s death

Bernard Robinson, Shanquella's father, spoke to Court TV after hearing the news

Posted at 2:46 PM, April 12, 2023 and last updated 6:28 PM, April 13, 2023


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Court TV) — Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday they would not pursue charges in the death of Shanquella Robinson, who died at a luxury resort in Mexico.

In a news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of North Carolina, said its agents and the FBI met with Robinson’s family to inform them of the results of the investigation.

Shanquella Robinson wearing a graduation hat

This undated photo provided by family shows Shanquella Robinson. (Provided by family)

Investigators referenced an autopsy performed in North Carolina, saying they were unable to establish enough evidence to “prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a federal crime was committed.”

Robinson’s family had reached out to federal agencies and the White House in March, asking for “immediate diplomatic intervention” in what they termed a “transnational criminal case.”

Robinson, 25, was traveling with a group of six people when she was killed at a luxury villa in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Her body was found on Oct. 29. A cell phone video recorded at the villa appears to show a violent fight between Robinson and another woman. An autopsy noted Robinson’s cause of death was a broken neck, according to the letter Robison’s family sent to the White House.

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Prosecutors in Mexico filed charges against Daejahnea Jackson in connection with Robinson’s death in November. Robinson’s family has asked for Jackson to be extradited to Mexico or for U.S. prosecutors to try the case in conjunction with Mexican authorities.

Speaking to Court TV in March, Robinson’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, said, “I need someone to be arrested and I need justice for my family and Shanquella, because it’s been five months and they’re out there living their life.”

“As a matter of policy, federal officials generally do not issue public statements concerning the status of an investigation. However, given the circumstances of Ms. Robinson’s death and the public concern surrounding this investigation, it is important to reassure the public that experienced federal agents and seasoned prosecutors extensively reviewed the available evidence and have concluded that federal charges cannot be pursued.”

Investigators said they are prepared to review the case, should any new information come to light.

Attorneys Ben Crump and Sue-Ann Robinson released a statement in response to the decision not to file charges, saying “While it is discouraging for the loved ones of Shanquella that their own Department of Justice will not be pursuing charges against Shanquella’s aggressor, it is our stance that justice is still possible for her death. We hope that there is still a chance at justice in Mexico. Mexican prosecutors have issued arrest warrants in this case and are willing to pursue charges. We strongly encourage The United States to move forward with the extradition of those responsible for her death to Mexico to face accountability there.”