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Police look for woman's killer

THOMSON - Law enforcement officials in Thomson are appealing to the public for information from anyone who might have seen or heard something suspicious in the days before 35-year-old Robin Reeves was slain.


Robin Reeves was found slain in her home in Thomson.
Investigators for the Thomson Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were out Thursday canvassing the neighborhood near Ms. Reeves' Gordon Street residence near downtown Thomson.

``We will go into the neighborhood and tell the people to be careful because we don't know what we're working with,'' said Thomson Police Chief John Hathaway.

Ms. Reeves' body was discovered in her home in the 200 block of Gordon Street about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday by her mother, Faye Reeves. She had been slashed with a knife or other sharp instrument, but the official cause of death has not been released, pending the outcome of an autopsy.

Police say she was attacked and killed in the hallway of the home after she returned from church Tuesday, the last time anyone saw her alive. She was wearing the clothes she wore to church when she was slain.

Faye Reeves, who lives next door, went to check on her daughter after she did not show up for work at the Thomson campus of Augusta Technical College, police said.

Police declined to say whether there were signs of a struggle but said the attack appeared to have been confined to the hallway. There was no sign of forced entry, and nothing appears to be missing from the house.

The 16-month-old son of Ms. Reeves and her ex-husband, Robert Standridge, 35, was unharmed in his crib in a bedroom 10 to 15 feet away, officers said. Ms. Reeves' 3-year-old daughter from an earlier marriage was with the child's father Tuesday night, police said.

Ms. Reeves and Mr. Standridge divorced in September, and she was killed one day after having her maiden name legally restored, according to McDuffie County Superior Court records.

Officers insist nobody has been identified as a suspect, though, and they emphasized they are making no connection between the slaying and Ms. Reeves' ex-husband. Ms. Reeves had taken out a temporary restraining order to keep Mr. Standridge from contacting her.

He is scheduled to appear in McDuffie County Superior Court today to answer to felony charges of aggravated stalking and making harassing phone calls to Ms. Reeves. Mr. Standridge was indicted by a grand jury in October, according to court documents.

``At this point, there is no evidence to indicate her domestic violence problems had anything to do with her death,'' said Martin Moses, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office.

Police towed Mr. Standridge's white Ford Thunderbird to the law enforcement center and processed it for evidence and found nothing linking it to the crime scene.

``Right now, there's no evidence that's going to link that car to what we're looking for,'' Chief Hathaway said.

Police questioned Mr. Standridge on Wednesday and determined he had an alibi for Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, the hours during which police believe the killing occurred.

Homicide in Thomson is not a common occurrence. The yellow crime-scene tape that surrounded the house Thursday has drawn dozens of onlookers on Gordon Street.

Ms. Reeves' death has shaken the small city, Chief Hathaway said.

``It's real personal in a small town,'' he said. ``Everybody knows everybody, and people care about each other.''

The GBI and police department are getting help from the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office in the investigation to piece together the puzzle of Ms. Reeves' death, officers said.

From the March 2, 2001 print edition of The Augusta Chronicle.

Web posted on Wednesday, March 3, 2004

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