Originally created 03/01/01

Slaying victim found

Law enforcement officials said Wednesday they had no suspects in the death of a Thomson woman who was slain in her home Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

The body of Robin Reeves was discovered in her home in the 200 block of Gordon Street about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by her mother, Faye Reeves. Mrs. Reeves, who lives next door, went to check on her daughter after she did not show up for work at the Thomson campus of Augusta Technical College, police said.

Ms. Reeves, who police said was in her mid-30s, had been slashed with a knife or other sharp instrument sometime between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, but the exact cause of death was unknown, said Martin Moses, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's agent in charge of the Thomson office.

"We're still examining the crime scene and trying to determine what happened," Agent Moses said.

Police did not have a weapon or a suspect Wednesday afternoon, and there was no sign of forced entry to the house, Agent Moses said.

Police questioned Ms. Reeves' ex-husband, Robert Standridge, 35, who was scheduled to appear in court Friday on a December indictment by a McDuffie County grand jury on charges of aggravated stalking and making harassing phone calls to his ex-wife in October. However, Agent Moses said Mr. Standridge, of the 1600 block of North Courtland in Thomson, had an alibi of having been at work all night.

Ms. Reeves was the mother of two children from two marriages. Her 16-month-old son, Joseph, from her marriage to Mr. Standridge, was found unharmed in his crib when the body of his mother was discovered, Agent Moses said.

Ms. Reeves and Mr. Standridge divorced in September, and she was slain one day after having her maiden name legally restored, according to McDuffie County Superior Court records.

City of Thomson Police and GBI agents worked all day and into the evening at the residence combing for evidence, while friends and neighbors of Ms. Reeves and her mother came to express condolences.

Many of them noted that Faye Reeves lost her husband and brother during the past two years and that her daughter was her only child and the only immediate family she had left.

"This is a sad, sad situation," neighbor Margie Bales said.

Several people said it was frightening that the slaying could happen in their generally peaceful neighborhood.

Neighbor Leon Buffington said he remembered when Ms. Reeves was born and had known her all of her life.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228.


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