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Reeves asks Perdue for help in solving daughter's murder

More than four years after her daughter was found slain, Faye Reeves got five minutes with Georgia's governor Saturday.

"I think he really listened," Mrs. Reeves said shortly after their meeting. "I think he was interested in what we had to say."

Family and friends of Ms. Reeves have been working for several months to spur state officials to boost the reward in the murder case. The state's portion of the current $15,000 reward is only $2,500.

On Saturday, Mrs. Reeves, Mike Love, Jimmy Plunkett, and Robin Reeves' children - Hannah Neville and Joseph Standridge - sat in the conference room at the Thomson-McDuffie County Regional Airport and asked Gov. Sonny Perdue to increase the reward in the case.

"It was great to have this opportunity to speak to him and air our concerns," Mrs. Reeves said.

She said they also talked about increasing the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's budget, the possibility of creating a cold case division of the GBI and instituting stiffer penalties for domestic violence.

"People need to know they just can't torment others and ruin their lives," Mrs. Reeves said, a black ribbon pinned to her lapel.

Mr. Love said he hopes the meeting with the governor helps "rattle some cages."

"It gets more and more frustrating every day," he said. "Four-and-a-half years later, 22,000 people in this county. It's hard for me to understand why we don't have an answer."

The family also took the opportunity to meet with some of the other leaders gathered for Gov. Perdue's visit, including State Reps. Ben Harbin and Barry Fleming and State Sen. Jim Whitehead.

"If I can do anything, you just give me a call," Sen. Whitehead said. "I know you need some closure in your lives."


Previous stories
 • Looking for answers: Ceremony remembers slain woman
 • Silohuettes to mark Victims' Rights Awareness Week 2005
 • Perdue ups ante in Reeves case
 • Reeves asks Perdue for help in solving daughter's murder
 • For the victims: Events honor victim's rights in McDuffie
 • Looking for answers: Ceremony remembers slain woman
 • Silohuettes to mark Victims' Rights Awareness Week 2005
 • Remembering Robin Reeves: Four years later, questions remain
 • Remembering Robin: Family and friends hope vigil brings focus back to case

Photos
 'Mourning a mother' slideshow

Previous stories from The Augusta Chronicle
 • Slaying victim found
 • Police look for woman's killer
 • Autopsy confirms stabbing
 • Woman's slaying remains unsolved
 • Thomson police set up reward in slaying case
 • Victim's mother seeks custody
 • Reward rises in slaying case
 • Father refuses psychological exam
 • Stalking sentence deferred
 • Slain woman's ex gets probation for stalking
 • Investigation, custody battle drag on
 • Judge grants custody to slaying victim's mother

Editorials
 • Tears of a job
 • Don't keep justice waiting in cases

Letters to the Editor
 • A call for justice, healing and remembrance



Web posted on Thursday, August 4, 2005











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