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Convicted killer asks for new sentence in infamous Hillsborough murder case

CARROLLWOOD, Fla. (WFLA) - On June 27, 1998, 49-year-old Vicki Robinson was murdered by her 15-year-old daughter Valessa in her Carrollwood home.

Valessa's boyfriend, 19-year-old Adam Davis, and their friend Jon Whispel were all part of the attack that took Robinson's life.

The crime was brutal - the teens held Vicki Robinson down and tried to inject her with bleach. When that didn't work, Davis used a knife to cut her throat.

All three were found guilty of the murder, but only Davis was given a death sentence. Now he is asking for his sentence to be reduced to life in prison.

Tampa Attorney DeeAnn Athan represented Valessa at trial.

"You have to look at the big picture, you can't be myopic and look at just what happened," Athan said. "Valessa was 15 years old. I've heard a lot of people say 'I don't care how old she was.' Well, you have to care about children."

She is opposed to the death penalty and feels Davis should have never been given the sentence, pointing out the jury was split on the decision of a death sentence.

"It was almost equally split and just that one vote that put him over to the death penalty," said Athan.

She points out Davis had a difficult life growing up.

"I think you had a 19-year-old who had no direction in life, had lost a parent. And so, you know, even though he is 19 and responsible for his actions, there are reasons that things happen," said Athan.

A hearing has been set up for August to hear arguments in Davis' request.


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