Lawyers representing the family of now deceased Shanquella Robinson are asking Biden administration Department of Justice officials to intervene and order the extradition of a primary murder suspect to Mexico.
Robinson, a resident of North Carolina, was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with friends in October 2022 when her traveling companions reported her death. Mexican authorities were told Robinson died of alcohol poisoning.
Further investigation revealed Robinson’s death resulted from a broken neck; officials have classified her death a homicide. Daejhanae Jackson, 26, has been named as a primary suspect.
Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant for Jackson, a U.S. citizen. As initial requests for extradition were denied, Mexican officials recently sent a formal extradition request to President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Fox News Digital obtained a copy of that letter:
“On behalf of the family of Shanquella Robinson, we write to request immediate diplomatic intervention from the United States Government in this transnational criminal case,” the letter reads.
Newer evidence includes witness statements noting that Jackson is the female assailant in the low-quality video that captured the Cabo San Lucas villa attack.
A hotel staff member identified Jackson as the aggressor in the video. The staff member also reported that Jackson “manipulated me” with the misleading information she provided so she could “leave the country as soon as possible.”
The letter stated: “An autopsy report prepared on October 30th, 2022, in Mexico by Medical Examiner Dr. Rene Adalberto Galvaan Osegura noted that Shanquella’s body had a head injury and concluded that Shanquella’s cause of death was a broken neck.”
The letter continued: “The President or the Secretary of State must step in and ask: for the extradition of the suspect or suspects or concurrent jurisdiction and file charges in the United States.”
The letter also noted that Jackson and two friends who shared in the trip, Khalil Cooke and Wenter Donovan, took Robinson’s luggage to her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and expressed condolences to Robinson’s mother, claiming she died from alcohol poisoning.
The 18-page letter also alleges Jackson’s behavior was odd during the trip. Witnesses report that Jackson was the group’s leader and that Robinson “did not seem to fit in with the others.” When staff confirmed that Robinson was dead, Jackson reportedly gave an “indifferent hug.”
Hotel staff also reported hearing “laughing” in the hotel room after they expressed their condolences and left.
The group cut their trip short and left the hotel the next day but did not inform hotel staff of their departure until they were out of the country.
Mexican authorities are asking Biden administration officials to help see that justice is served in this matter. A letter from Robinson’s attorney states:
“If a United States citizen commits homicide in Mexico and returns back to the United States, as you are aware they can face criminal charges in the United States under federal law or state law, depending on the circumstances of the crime.”
“Federal charges are brought in cases where the crime involves interstate commerce or federal law enforcement agencies,” the attorneys added. “We know in a transnational case where evidence was possibly transported and persons of interest communicated with each other via cellphone federal charges could be brought against those responsible for Shanquella’s death.”
The U.S. State Department has chosen not to comment on the specifics of the case. Their recent statement reads:
“The Department does not provide confirmation of, or commentary on, investigations due to privacy and law enforcement considerations. Also, as a matter of long-standing practice, the Department also does not comment on extradition matters.”
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