TACOMA, Wash. -- It's a murder that went unsolved since 1993. On Wednesday members of Linda Robinson's family packed a courtroom to see the man accused of killing her.
Juanita Palm recalls the day she found out her aunt, Linda Robinson, was murdered as if it were yesterday.
"All I remember is my aunt Stephanie calling me to tell me what happened, and I was just devastated," said Palm.
Just outside a Pierce County courtroom, Palm and more than a dozen of Robinson's family shared a prayer just minutes before coming face to face with the man accused of killing Robison, who was murdered as she was babysitting two children in her Spanaway home.
James Mitchell is facing a first degree murder charge. He's a man investigators say was a childhood neighbor and a schoolmate of the family. He became a suspect in 2013, after Robinson's family urged detectives to take another look at the case. They found DNA evidence allegedly linking Mitchell to the murder scene and Robinson's clothes.
"I wasn't fearful that he would get me, but I never knew," said Jackie Fields, Robinson's sister.
It's a face this family feared they'd never see, but one they want to hold accountable.
"I just hope he gets what he deserves because he hurt all of us," said Palm.
Mitchell pleaded not guilty. His bail has been set at $2 million.