Little more than 10 feet separated Justin Robinson from Autumn Pasquale’s father in an open Gloucester County courtroom Wednesday morning when Robinson, now 16, pleaded guilty to choking the pre-teen to death in October.
“He sat there and listened,” said Doug Long, attorney and spokesman for Anthony Pasquale, Autumn’s father.
Days after Autumn, a Clayton Middle School student, went missing, the 12-year-old’s body was discovered — strangled — in a recycling container on an abandoned property next door to the Robinsons’ home.
Justin Robinson, then 15, and his 17-year-old brother Donte, were charged last fall with the girl’s murder.
Until Wednesday, all juvenile court proceedings in the murder case had been conducted behind locked courtroom doors. Donte Robinson’s charges are still pending in closed juvenile court in Gloucester County.