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Execution Report: Robert Neville

Robert Neville
Robert Neville
Executed on 8 February 2006

Robert James Neville Jr., 31, was executed by lethal injection on 8 February 2006 in Huntsville, Texas for the kidnapping and murder of a 19-year-old woman.

On 15 December 1998, Neville, then 23, and Michael Hall, 18, were driving in Arlington when they spotted Amy Robinson, 19, riding her bicycle to work. Robinson and Neville worked at the same grocery store. Robinson was mentally challenged and also suffered from Turner's syndrome, a genetic disorder that stunted her growth and sexual development at puberty. After Robinson accepted the ride, the men drove her to a rural area in Fort Worth, and began shooting her. First, Hall shot her in the leg with a pellet gun. Next, Hall and Neville shot her seven times with a .22-caliber rifle.

That day, a store employee called Robinson's family to notify them that she had not shown up for work. The family then called the police, who questioned Neville and Hall. Neville told the police that he worked with Robinson and knew her socially, but had not seen her in a couple of months.

Two weeks later, Hall's mother reported to the police that Hall had been missing for several days. Hall's stepbrother told the police that Hall had told him he and Neville had abducted and killed Robinson. Neville and Hall were arrested on 3 March in Eagle Pass, as they were attempting to cross into Mexico.

Neville admitted killing Robinson and told police where to find her body. He said that one day when he and Hall were drunk, he told Hall that he "would just like to [go] out and kill somebody." They initially discussed killing a black person, but then changed their minds and agreed that Amy Robinson, being small and mentally challenged, was an easier target. Robinson was also part Native American.

After his arrest, Neville told reporters that he and Hall wanted to become serial killers of racial minorities. "We had a bet going to see who could shoot and kill the most people between the two of us," he said. "No matter if it was blacks or Mexicans - anybody as long as they weren't our color."

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