Investigation Discovery’s ‘Vengeance: Killer Coworkers: Strangled Sweetheart’ chronicles how 20-year-old single mother Kristy Robbins was slaughtered viciously in Orange County, Texas, on Halloween 1999. While the police apprehended the killers based on the statements filled with discrepancies within weeks, the episode uses police camera footage to offer an authentic retelling of the crime and the ensuing probe. The article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of wat led to this heinous crime.
How Did Kristy Robbins Die?
On October 31, 1999, in the heart of downtown Beaumont, Texas, an erstwhile local marshal named Joey Jacobs stumbled upon a strange sight beneath the Neches River Bridge at 3:00 am. He had recently completed a routine traffic stop when he saw a dark-colored Ford Explorer engulfed in flames and immediately contacted the fire department. After the firefighters extinguished the relentless blaze, the authorities made a gruesome discovery — the charred remains of an individual in the back seat of the smoldering vehicle.
Upon close inspection, the officers realized the body had been decapitated. Amidst the grim scene, a single earring surfaced, hinting at the possibility that the victim might have been a woman. The body was wrapped within thick layers of garbage bags and sealed with duct tape. Though the charred remains were rendered unrecognizable, the police traced the vehicle’s license plate back to its owner — Kenneth Robbins in Jefferson County. The grieving father hinted the remains could belong to his daughter, Kristy Lynn Robbins.
The police used dental records to confirm the remains belonged to the 20-year-old single mother. She was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on May 23, 1979, and her family moved to Nederland, Texas, when she was in the fifth grade. Her friends described her as a good-natured and kind girl who always pitched for the underdog. Her caring nature caught the attention of one of her high school seniors — Christopher Wayne Gregory Jr. — and they welcomed a son in January 1998. Hence, her tragic and gruesome death a year later raised eyebrows.
Who Killed Kristy Robbins?
Kristy’s life took an unexpected turn when she crossed paths with the handsome senior, Christopher, during her junior year. Despite the one-year gap in their school years, their connection blossomed into a serious relationship that endured throughout high school. Following their graduation, life appeared promising for the young couple. While Christopher pursued higher education, Kristy secured a well-paying job. However, Kristy’s plans of joining college and pursuing a career in physical therapy were hindered when she discovered she was pregnant.
In a show of commitment, Christopher moved in with Kristy’s family, and he found employment at a strip club named Teammates, where he took on the roles of cook and bouncer. Their journey into parenthood began in January 1998 when their son, Chris Jr., entered the world. Family members attested to Kristy’s exceptional maternal abilities, with Christopher actively participating in parenting duties. The young couple decided to strike out on their own in August 1998, moving out of Kristy’s parental residence.
However, the harmonious chapter of their lives took an unexpected twist only five weeks later. Christopher failed to return home one night, having gone home with a fellow stripper named Jennifer Lynn Walter. In the wake of this heartbreaking incident, Kristy, with her son in tow, broke up and returned to her parents’ home. Despite the breakup, they managed to maintain an amicable relationship, primarily driven by their shared dedication to raising their child. They had a shared custody arrangement, though Kristy retained primary custody of their kid.
The final contact with Kristy occurred on the evening of October 30 when she spoke with her mother around 11:30 pm. During this conversation, Kristy disclosed she was heading out with a new boyfriend. When the police brought Christopher in for questioning, he revealed an entirely different story. In his statement to the police, he recounted his last conversation with Kristy, which took place the night before her car was discovered in a charred state. He claimed they had arranged for Kristy to visit and collect their son as part of their agreed-upon plans.
When Kristy failed to appear as scheduled, Christopher called her thrice, with their last conversation happening when he believed she was in a nightclub. After thoroughly examining both sides of the narrative and an extensive review of phone records, law enforcement uncovered a significant discrepancy in Christopher’s initial account. Contrary to his initial claim of three calls, it was revealed that there had been a total of twelve phone conversations exchanged between Kristy and Christopher on that fateful night.
To investigate further, the detectives visited Christopher and Jennifer’s apartment. Upon entering the premises, their keen eyes spotted a conspicuous dark red stain adorning the floor. When they questioned him about the stain, Christopher remained cooperative, asserting that it was merely cranberry juice inadvertently spilled by his young son. A swift forensic swab analysis unequivocally confirmed the stain was blood. Confronted with the forensic report, Christopher altered his story and claimed Jennifer orchestrated the heinous crime.
In a shocking turn of events, Jennifer countered this claim by alleging that Christopher was the mastermind behind the plot to eliminate Kristy. According to their confessions, on the night of the murder, Christopher manipulated Kristy into coming over, simultaneously coercing Jennifer into becoming an unwitting accomplice in the sinister act. Inside the apartment, they lay in wait, with Jennifer strategically positioned behind the front door, armed with a towel intended for the grim purpose of strangling Kristy.
Their initial efforts to stage the crime as a drug overdose were unsuccessful, forcing Christopher to contemplate an even more gruesome plan. He considered dismembering Kristy’s body in the bathtub, but the task proved too formidable, leading them to a horrible alternative. The ill-fated decision was made to place Kristy’s lifeless remains and severed limbs into trash bags, igniting them within Kristy’s vehicle, concealed under a bridge. Following the admission and other evidence, the police arrested the duo and charged them with murder.
Where Are Christopher Gregory and Jennifer Walter Now?
Jennifer struck a plea deal with the prosecution and agreed to testify against Christopher in the upcoming trial. While initially agreeing with the brokered deal, she and Christopher exchanged several letters from their jail cell, where he allegedly professed his love for her. Swayed by the devotion, Jennifer attempted to pull out of the deal. However, the prosecution managed to convince her otherwise. Jennifer pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to 45 years on July 25, 2000. After her plea deal, Christopher also decided to not try his luck further.
He forgo the trial and confessed to murder the following day and was sentenced to 50 years on July 26. 46-year-old Christopher is serving his sentence at the James V. Allred Unit and will be eligible for parole in November 2024. His inmate records state that his projected release date is in November 2049. Jennifer, now 46, remains incarcerated at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville, Texas. While she had been eligible for parole since May 2022, her prison records state her projected release date is in November 2044.