Decision Delayed On Opening Pasquale Trial to Media

Dante and Justin Robinson waited for their detention hearing Friday while attorneys argued over whether the trial should be open to the media

Dante Robinson, 17, and Justin Robinson, 15, who are accused of murdering Autumn Pasquale of Clayton, N.J., were scheduled to appear at the Gloucester County courthouse for a detention hearing early Friday.

That hearing was delayed after attorneys spent the day arguing over whether the media should be allowed inside the courtroom for the trial. A decision was not reached and the hearing will continue on Dec. 13.

The Robinson brothers were ordered to remain in a juvenile detention center.

Autumn Pasquale, 12, went missing on October 20 after telling her parents she was going to ride her bike to a friend's house. Her father, Anthony Pasquale, says that when she didn’t make it to her friend’s house and didn’t call, he knew something was wrong.

The young girl's body was found three days later in a recycling container at a home just five blocks from where Autumn lived. Police believe the Robinson brothers lured Autumn to their home, promising her parts for her BMX bike.

The boys are charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposal of a body, tampering of evidence and theft. Justin is also charged with one count of luring.

Prosecutors want the case moved to adult court. If that happens, the trial will be open to the public.


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