Family and friends of Robin Smith, who gathered to bury the remains of the 21-year-old woman, say they hope justice will be served. A man once wanted for murder in Utah has been charged in Smith's death.
"We are at peace now," Edna Smith said Saturday after her daughter's interment."We hope that our family now can be put back together," she said in a broken voice in front of about 30 people who knew the lively 21-year-old as "Rockin' Robin."
However, Smith said she won't be satisfied until the man charged in her daughter's death, Darren O'Neall, stands trial Nov. 7. He is charged with first-degree murder in the case.
"We're hoping that justice will be served," Mrs. Smith said.
O'Neall, 28, has pleaded not guilty to killing Robin Smith, who allegedly disappeared with O'Neall following a late-night party on March 28, 1987. Smith's remains were found about six weeks later in a rural area in Pierce County east of Tacoma, Wash.
O'Neall also has been a suspect in four unsolved slayings in Idaho and Utah and is wanted for questioning in the disappearance of Wendy Aughe, 29, of Bellingham, Wash., whose car was found in Eugene, Ore., about the same time O'Neall was seen in the area.
O'Neall was at one time wanted for questioning in connection with the slayings of three northern Utah women, but Salt Lake City Police Detective Don Bell says O'Neall is no longer considered a suspect in those cases because he has been placed out of the state at the time of the slayings.
O'Neall was put on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted" last year because of two warrants, one for the Smith killing and another for failing to appear at a trial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman in Colorado Springs.
He was discovered earlier this year in a Louisiana jail under an alias.