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Legal expert explains possible next steps in Shanquella Robinson case – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE – Shanquella Robinson was killed in Mexico nearly a month ago while on a trip to Mexico with friends, and social media has fueled calls for justice and suspicion.

“People need to understand that this is not going to be a quick process,” said Yolanda Trotman, a criminal defense attorney and former Mecklenburg County judge. “The extradition process takes time. There will have to be a level of patience, I think, with people who want justice quickly and justice may not look like what we are used to.”

Trotman kept track of Robinson’s mysterious case.

Mexican authorities have issued an arrest warrant for an American believed to be on US soil, and will be mandated by the US-Mexico Extradition Treaty of 1861.

“It goes Department of Foreign Affairs. Go through that process. Let’s say it gets certified,” Trotman said. “Then it must be turned over to the US attorney in the district where that person, that fugitive, may be.”

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Those hurdles exemplify the overall jurisdictional and investigative issues Trotman sees in having an American victim, a homicide in Mexico and potential witnesses and suspects up in the air.

“We have a common law system,” Trotman said. “They’re based on a Napoleonic code system, which is very different. But there’s ultimately a presumption of guilt versus that of innocence that we’re used to here in the US.

She said that since the FBI Charlotte branch is looking into Robinson’s death, it could help speed up the process.

Trotman said the FBI could investigate what Robinson and her friends did before they left the US and when they returned.

“That’s where you have possible accessory after the fact charges,” Trotman said. “If things were done to cover up the crime, a person who lies to the police is hiding obstruction. Texts were clearly exchanged. There are Google searches out there.”

What’s next for the subject of that arrest warrant if they are, in fact, extradited back to Mexico?

Trotman said that there is no pretrial release there like in the states.

Mexico only has mandatory pretrial detention, and it is written into their constitution.

Mexican prisons have been criticized for horrific human rights abuses and being severely overcrowded.

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