Daughter pays for mom's death
What happened to Valessa Robinson and her boyfriend, who killed her mother 10 years ago?
Vicki Robinson, 49, was murdered early in the morning of June 27, 1998, in her Carrollwood home. Her daughter Valessa, then 15, Valessa's boyfriend Adam Davis, 19, and another friend, Jon Whispel, also 19, were arrested six days later in Texas.
Davis was sentenced to death after being convicted of first-degree murder, grand theft and grand theft of a motor vehicle. Earlier this month, his sentence was upheld for a second time by the Florida Supreme Court, which rejected his claims of inadequate representation. He is on death row at the Union Correctional Institution in Raiford.
Robinson was convicted of third-degree murder and grand theft of a motor vehicle. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison and is at the Gadsden Correctional Facility in Quincy. Her current release date is July 5, 2015.
Whispel pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, grand theft and grand theft of a motor vehicle and testified for the prosecution. He received a 25-year sentence. He's at the Okaloosa Correctional Institution in Crestview, and his current release date is June 25, 2022.
Simpson trial set for September
Whatever happened with O.J. Simpson in that Las Vegas robbery?
The next chapter in the Simpson saga begins late this summer. Simpson and co-defendants Charles Ehrlich and Clarence "C.J." Stewart are to stand trial Sept. 8 for armed robbery and kidnapping before Clark County, Nev., District Court Judge Jackie Glass.
The charge and trial stem from a Sept. 13, 2007, incident at the Palms casino-hotel. Simpson and six others met two sports memorabilia dealers. Simpson said he was there to recover items belonging to him; the dealers said there were guns present. Four of the six men with Simpson are cooperating with the prosecution. One received immunity, and the other three pleaded to lesser charges.
Cancer funds spread around
What percentage of donations to the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure go for cancer research?
According to the American Cancer Society's financial report ending Aug. 31, 15 percent is spent on research. This includes support to academic institutions and scientists to study the cause, prevention and cure of cancer and to conduct epidemiological and behavioral studies. The society also funds prevention, detection/treatment and patient-support programs.
For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007, Susan G. Komen for the Cure spent 23 percent on research and grants. Additionally, Komen supports public health education, health screening and treatment services.