PELICAN BAY, Texas – A 62-year-old widow was charged with murder after her husband was found buried in the front yard of their rural North Texas home, which authorities had searched three years ago after he was reported missing.
Neola Robinson is charged in the death of her husband Pleasant Ervin Robinson, 52, who was reported missing by his employer in May 2010 after he missed more than two weeks of work, according to documents filed in the case. The couple had been married about three years at the time.
Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Texas Rangers arrested Robinson on Saturday after new information came to light in the case. He declined to elaborate. The husband's remains were exhumed Tuesday from the yard of their mobile home in Pelican Bay, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Haschel said.
Pleasant Ervin Robinson was last seen May 29, 2010, on a store security video in the Fort Worth suburb of Lake Worth buying food and mattresses, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in August 2010 and obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The warrant was to search the house for blood evidence, financial documents and DNA.
His wife went to the machine shop where he worked in early June and was shaking as she said, "He's gone. He's gone," saying that he packed up some belongings and left on May 31, 2010, the document said.
One of his friends told authorities that Neola Robinson was jealous of his female friends. She told one of his friends in May that if he came home, "he's going to be missing some body parts, or I'm going to kill him and I don't care if I go to prison," the document said.
Robinson was being held in the Tarrant County Jail with bond set at $150,000.