CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) — Mexican officials are seeking the extradition of an American woman after she was charged in the death of another American woman last month.
Shankella Robinson, well known for her hair braiding business, was at a villa in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico in late October with a group of friends celebrating someone’s birthday. 25 year old from Charlotte, North Carolina turned out to be dead after just one day of vacation.
According to Deputy Prosecutor Antonio Lopez Rodriguez, the evidence suggests that Robinson died as a result of “a direct attack, not an accident” that “appears to have been caused” by one of her friends.
Mexican prosecutors said Thursday that they will extradite the suspect, an unidentified American woman. The case is being treated as a possible murder.
The Baja California Attorney General will also investigate a potential cover-up or oversight in the investigation into Robinson’s death. Nexstar’s WJZY previously reported discrepancies between police reports made after Robinson was found dead and autopsy results.
A police officer investigating the case in Mexico told WJZY that a friend of Robinson’s told authorities “she had alcohol poisoning” before her death.
Her family said friends told them the same story.
“They said she was not feeling well. She had alcohol poisoning, Salamondra Robinson told WJZY earlier this month.
An autopsy later revealed that Shankella Robinson had a severe spinal cord injury and an atlas dislocation, an instability in the uppermost vertebrae.
Robinson’s mother told WJZY, “When the autopsy results came back, they said it had nothing to do with alcohol. [They] said she had a broken neck and a broken spine in the back. She was beaten.”
WJZY also obtained video showing the alleged attack at the vacation villa. The video appears to show the woman lunging at a naked Robinson, punching and kicking her several times in the head and neck.
In the video, someone calls on “Kwela” to fight back.
“Quela, can you at least fight back?” The man is heard saying, to which she replies, “No.”
The FBI previously confirmed that it has also opened an investigation into the death of a Charlotte woman.