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Mexico wants American extradited on tourist death charges


CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Mexican prosecutors said Thursday they have filed charges against an American woman on suspicion of killing another American who was punched in a viral video.

Prosecutors in the state of Baja California Sur have not named the suspect in Shanquella Robinson’s October 29 death.

But they said they have approached Mexican federal prosecutors and diplomats to try to get the woman extradited to face charges in Mexico.

Robinson’s death at a resort development in the Baja resort town of San Jose del Cabo shocked people in both countries. The video raised suspicions that Robinson may have died at the hands of people she was traveling with.

Local prosecutor Antonio López Rodríguez said the case is being treated as a possible homicide and an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect. However, the group Robinson was traveling with left Mexico after she was found dead in a rented villa.

Prosecutor Daniel de la Rosa Anaya said the suspect was also American, but did not identify her.

Local media in Charlotte, North Carolina reported that the people Robinson traveled with gave different versions of how she died, but an autopsy revealed she died of a serious spinal cord or neck injury.

A video apparently recorded at the luxury villa in San Jose del Cabo shows a woman, apparently American, beating another woman identified as Robinson.

The video has been reposted many times on social media sites. In it, a man with an American accent can be heard saying, “Can you at least fight back?” The man did not seem to intervene in the beating.

The video raised questions about why no one intervened in the alleged beating, or why people she was traveling with allegedly beat her.

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