I would appreciate Dateline or any national news/documentary station to take on the suspicious death of my son, Joshua Robinson.
Joshua (19), was found dead in Amsler Park/McGregor, Texas, on February 16 2006. Without investigating or asking me, the mother, any questions, the police presumed his death to be a suicide.
I contacted former Interim Chief, Chris Molina, on Feb. 22, to inquire into the progress of the investigation. He told me, "We don't begin an investigation until something suspicious is found." I told him the whole thing is suspicious, because my son would not kill himself.
About two weeks later, I spoke with former Det. Kory Martin. He told me, "As of today, the investigation is over." I asked, "What investigation, Molina told me there wasn't one?" He told me he had conducted his own investigation, speaking with my son, Michael, Josh's girlfriend Kayla, and Mr. Bill Holt, a routine jogger around the park. I knew he hadn't, but to be sure, I told Martin I would call him right back. In the interim, I asked Kayla and Michael. I called Mr. Holt.
Mr. Holt told me that he had left his house (102 Red Oak) @ 5:15AM, ran west down Red Oak, turned left towards the AMA Hall, and as he cleared the house on the corner, he noticed flashing lights, spotlights, and two police cars. He said he continued his jog, and as he neared the body, he thought it was his son, Justin. He took off running towards his house, woke Justin, explained to him what he had seen, and why he called my house, he says he didn't know.
He also said he returned to the scene of the crime, asking why he wasn't stopped as he ran from the scene. He was told, 'because we knew who you were, Mr. Holt.'
I asked Michael and Kayla. Kayla told me she hadn't been questioned by anyone.
After the phone call from Justin, Michael's friend, I asked Michael to go to the park (one block away), see what's going on, and come right back. He didn't. Michael told me he recognized his brother immediately from the clothes he had on, went into shock, and was placed into an ambulance and treated by EMS personnel. Martin spoke to him at this point. Martin summed Josh's suicide to a fuss between him and myself, concerning Josh seeing a 15 y/o girl, Kayla. This is not true, as I was very aware of their relationship, and had no problem with it.
I called Martin back, telling him he hadn't spoken to anyone but Michael. He told me found out all he needed to know from him. I told him, "No, I was the last one to see him (or so I thought), had you talked to me, you may have gotten a different perspective!"
I used the FOIA to obtain 'any and all documents related to the death of my son, Joshua Robinson.' I specifically asked for the time of the 911 call made by the complainant. I was informed that this document had been destroyed! WHY???
Although all 8 McGregor officers knew Joshua very well, the four former officers, on scene, stated they did not recognize the subject. Yet, only 8 minutes after arriving on scene, one officer ran a wants and warrants check on the 'unknown' subject with NO identification!
After reviewing the crime scene photos, the dispatch logs, the officers' statements, and the autopsy, I asked questions of the PD:
1) How and why run a wants and warrants check on an 'unknown' subject with no ID?
2) How is it possible for former Officer Kirby to have been the first one on the scene, as his patrol car (#1507) was not dispatched to Amsler Park?
3) Why was former Sgt. Freeman called in to work @ 4:37AM?
4) Why wasn't this death investigated as a homicide? All deaths are to be investigated as homicides until proven otherwise!
Former Chief Ron Wadkins: Answer to#1: "It's not like the officers have drivers license numbers in their heads. A wants and warrants check is done in case there's a warrant, it can be dismissed." I replied, "Who cares, he's dead!"
Current Chief Steve Foster's answer: "The wants and warrants check was NOT done on Joshua Robinson, it was done on the complainant."
Why two different answers from two different chiefs?
The complainant told me he called 911 @ 5:15AM. McGregor dispatched ONE officer, Norris, to Amsler Park "For Possible Suicide" @5:35AM. Why the 20 minute lull?
I also learned that a McGregor patrol officer was the last person to see Joshua alive in Amsler Park @ 1AM! I asked Wadkins which officer, out of two on duty, had seen Joshua. He said, "I can't remember."
I contacted the Texas Rangers, to request an investigation into my son's suspicious death. I was denied several times over the course of about 2 years.........NOW, he is Chief of Police/McGregor! Coincidence?
I have contacted the FBI, McLennan County Sheriff, District Attorney, Attorney General, Governor Perry, Dept. of Justice, Senators Hutchinson, Carter, and Cornyn, and Rep. Chet Edwards....to no avail.
Google Joshua Robinson, and all sorts of sites will pop up about this 'travesty of justice.'
(Joshua Robinson) Attached documents within the story, click on the underlined phrases.
Commentary on October 6, 2009 (Archived)
Yes, I would be more than happy to find justice on Dateline!