Shanquella Robinson, a woman from Charlotte, North Carolina, died in Mexico in October. There was a federal probe into her death, but no charges will be brought.
Officials from the U.S. attorney’s office for two North Carolina counties made the choice in a statement on Wednesday, right before the woman’s family was to talk about the investigation and Robinson’s death at a televised news conference.
The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office in North Carolina did a “detailed and thorough investigation” and autopsy results showed that “the available evidence does not support any of the federal charges.”
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina said, “The investigation into Ms. Robinson’s death is a top priority for federal prosecutors and the FBI.”
“As with any case under review by federal prosecutors, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a federal crime has been committed,” she said. “Federal prosecutors told Ms. Robinson’s family today that there isn’t enough evidence for a federal indictment, based on the results of the autopsy and after two U.S. Attorneys carefully thought about and looked over the investigation materials.”
In November, about three weeks after Robinson’s death, federal lawyers and FBI agencies began looking into what happened. At the time, the FBI told CBS News in a statement that this was true. The statement says that Robinson died in Cabo San Lucas on or around October 29. The Mexican government said last week that she died in San Jose del Cabo, which is about 20 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas in the same state of Baja California Sur.
A few days ago, Mexican investigators started looking into the death of Robinson. By that time, news of her murder had spread around the world after a cell phone video went viral showing Robinson being attacked violently at the luxury villa where she was staying on holiday. She went from the U.S. to Mexico with six friends, and some of them told her at first that Robinson’s parents had died from drinking too much. But in the end, spinal and neck injuries were listed as the reason of death on the death certificate.
In November, the Mexican government said they were looking into Robinson’s death as a possible case of femicide, which is the killing of a woman because she was a woman. In a statement from the time, prosecutors in Baja California Sur said they were trying to get a woman accused of murder from the U.S. to Mexico.