NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The family of a Norfolk mother found dead inside of her neighbor's closet was disappointed to learn Tuesday her alleged killer's case has been continued.
Jamiel Graves was arrested last November in connection with Phylicia Robinson's death, as well as the murder of his former girlfriend Mandi Myers. Graves was last seen in October and her body was found in Graves' apartment in November.
Graves was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. His case was continued, causing further grief for Robinson's loved ones.
"We have nothing, and it hurts," Robinson's best friend Carrie Simmons told WAVY.com.
Robinson's mother, Arlene Robinson, and Simmons stood arm in arm Tuesday outside of a Norfolk courthouse where they came earlier in the day expecting to get answers.
Robinson's 5-year-old son came to court with his grandmother.
"He wants to know what's going to happen to the bad man. He wants to know. Yesterday, he asked me, 'Why did he kill my Mommy?' and I said, 'I don't know... that's what we're going to find out,'" Arlene Robinson said.
The family never even made it inside of the courtroom. Graves' attorney was sick, so the judge rescheduled the hearing, adding another 50 days and 49 more restless nights for Robinson's family.
"He sleeps with a teddy bear that he says is his mother," Arlene Robinson said. "He hugs it and kisses every night and every morning."
The family is determined to wait as long as its needed to find out what happened to Phylicia Robinson last year.
Graves is due back in court May 29 for Robinson's murder and will be in Virginia Beach court April 30 for Myers' murder.
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