NORFOLK - The sister of a woman murdered in Norfolk was at court Wednesday as the accused killer was arraigned.
Jamiel Graves is charged in the death of Phylicia Robinson. Her remains were found in the closet of his Marlow Ave. home late in November, nearly two months after she was reported missing.
She was his neighbor, living in one of the two units of the duplex.
The 26-year-old, who has a 5-year-old son, disappeared on the night of Oct. 3. Her family says her purse, money, cell phone and car were still at her home.
Robinson's sister Sharniqua Scott said Sunday would have been her Phylicia's 27th birthday.
"We want justice," Scott said. "Instead of planning a birthday party, I'm making funeral arrangements for my sister."
Graves will have a preliminary hearing on January 29, 2013 and the judge appointed a public defender for the case, despite the fact that Graves requested that he not be appointed an attorney.
He was brought to Norfolk for Wednesday's hearing from Va. Beach, where he's charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend. The body of 29-year-old Mandi Myers was found at her home on Hiawatha Drive on November 26.
Graves was charged the next day with second degree murder and auto theft.
On Nov. 28, Graves went to court in Va. Beach and was given a public defender. He's due back in court on December 12 to select a preliminary hearing date, said Commonwealth's Attorney spokeswoman Macie Pridgen.