|By Katherine Fretland, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In a marble hallway outside
"It's time for healing," she said.
Earlier Thursday, before the settlement was made, Robinson was tearful on the third floor of the courthouse as she hugged
Wright talked and smiled with Robinson outside the courtroom before the settlement was presented to Judge
The killing of
"We're always hopeful that one day we'll have answers," Robinson said.
A dispatcher in
On Wednesday, Wharton asked Robinson why she wrote herself checks and paid taxes, insurance and credit-card bills from a trust set up in 2011 for the children.
Robinson admitted that in February the trust's
Robinson said she needed about
"You were running a deficit," Wharton said. "We just went through that. How is it that you had money to purchase items, ma'am, anything that you say was for the benefit of the children, if you didn't have enough money to even meet your household expenses? Can you help me out on that?"
"We used trust funds," Robinson said.
Robinson said the withdrawals were made in cash to spend on the children. She said she could not write checks because
"I paid for lots of things with cash, because there were a lot of people who wouldn't even accept checks because there were things that had happened prior," she said. "I don't know if we should use the term paying myself, or I don't think that's a good term to use."
"You used that, though, didn't you?" Wharton said.
"That may not have been a good term to use," Robinson said.
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