Autopsy released for Norfolk mother found dead in neighbor's closet

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by Cleve Bryan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 7:01 PM

NORFOLK-- Four months after Phylicia Robinson was found dead in her neighbor’s closet, autopsy results list her official cause of death as, “undetermined homicidal violence.”

According to the report,  Robinson had no broken bones or external wounds of any kind.

The medical examiner determined the most likely cause of death was some form of suffocation and listed strangulation or smothering as examples.

Police found Robinson's body in a bedroom closet at Jamiel Graves’ home.  Police have charged Graves with second degree murder.

Graves is also charged with second murder for killing Mandi Myers in Virginia Beach.  Court records say he confessed to strangling Myers and stealing her car.

Both cases are awaiting probable cause hearings;  Virginia Beach is scheduled for April 30 and Norfolk is scheduled for May 29 after a continuance on Tuesday.

Robinson’s mother, sister and several friends attended court and were frustrated by the continuance.

“I'm just here to let people know my sister did not know this person.  They were neighbors. She was just going home. It was nothing we could have changed. There was nothing she could have done differently,” said Robinson’s sister Sharniqua Scott.

 

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