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Katie Spielbauer seeks justice for Robin

Accused of capital murder, Katie Phipps Spielbauer spent more than a year behind bars until prosecutors cleared her name for the death of Robin Spielbauer in 2014 / Source: KFDA Accused of capital murder, Katie Phipps Spielbauer spent more than a year behind bars until prosecutors cleared her name for the death of Robin Spielbauer in 2014 / Source: KFDA
Jeremy David Spielbauer, 33, was arrested Wedneday for his possible role in the death of Robin Spielbauer. Jeremy is an ex-husband of both Katie and Robin / Source: Randall County Sheriff's Office Jeremy David Spielbauer, 33, was arrested Wedneday for his possible role in the death of Robin Spielbauer. Jeremy is an ex-husband of both Katie and Robin / Source: Randall County Sheriff's Office
Authorities investigate near Helium Rd., the scene where Robin Spielbauer was found, on April 8, 2014 / Source: KFDA Authorities investigate near Helium Rd., the scene where Robin Spielbauer was found, on April 8, 2014 / Source: KFDA
Authorities investigate the scene where Katie Spielbauer was found in 2014. Autopsy results revealed she was killed from blunt force trauma and a gunshot wound / Source: KFDA Authorities investigate the scene where Katie Spielbauer was found in 2014. Autopsy results revealed she was killed from blunt force trauma and a gunshot wound / Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - If you ask Katie Phipps Spielbauer, justice will soon be served for the murder of Robin Spielbauer.

Eight months have passed since the capital murder case against her was thrown out. Accused of murder, Spielbauer spent 466 days in jail until prosecutors determined they couldn't prove she was even at the scene of Robin's death in 2014.

Similar GPS evidence was later provided to the court, and Jeremy Spielbauer -- an ex-husband to both Katie and Robin -- was arrested Wednesday.

And after two years, Katie feels police finally have the right suspect.

"They finally got him, took over two years for it to happen," Katie Spielbauer said. "I think justice will now be served for Robin's family. This is an extremely heartbreaking time, there's nothing happy about this situation. It's a tragedy in every sense of the word." 

When asked if she openly believed Jeremy killed Robin, Spielbauer paused, rolled her eyes, smiled, and shrugged.  

"That's not the man that I married, he doesn't even look like the man that I married," she said. "It breaks my heart that he could lose the rest of his life. It breaks my heart that those children have lost their mother and their father. My heart hurts for them, my heart hurts for him. I know how rough it was for me and I can only imagine it will be even rougher for him. I pray for him everyday and I hope that at some point he comes to an intersection with the Lord that even if he is incarcerated for the rest of his life he won't be in Hell for the rest of eternity." 

Spielbauer said she was in shock the day she was arrested for Robin's death. Randall County authorities took her into custody only days after Robin was found on Helium Road. She also recalls the day Randall County District Attorney James Farren told her she was being released from jail because he couldn't prove she was at the scene of the crime

"I lost it," Spielbauer said. "I hit the ground I was crying, I was praying and I got back down into that pod and everybody was waiting to see what was going and of course everybody knew who I was and I just told them 'You know what guys, I think it's time for me to go home." 

While her release from jail provided personal closure, Spielbauer says her thoughts are still with the people in need of it: The family of Robin Spielbauer.

"I think about Robin and I think about, 'What if that was my daughter?" Spielbauer said, as she began to cry. "What if that was my sweet little girl out there and I can't even fathom that kind of pain and my heart breaks for them, my heart breaks for her girls. Everybody wants the truth, everybody wants to know what happened, I don't have those answers. I want the same exact thing that everybody else wants. I know that there's been a lot of people that have been lied to and manipulated and I used to be one of those people, but not anymore."

It is now Spielbauer's goal to bring justice to Robin.

"I don't know what [Robin's family] feelings are toward me, I don't blame them if they hate me with everything that they've been told but I love them and I'm not going to let their daughter die for no reason," Spielbauer said. "What happened to Robin was something that has something so much bigger around it, and I think that a lot of people are going to benefit from that tragedy. It breaks my heart that happened to her, but if there is anything that I can do about it she in essence is going to save a lot of lives." 

She says she won't rest until the person responsible for killing Robin is rightfully behind bars. 

"They tore me apart and I'm still standing and I'm not going to fall and I'm going to make sure that whoever did this to Robin pays for that, whoever did this to me is going to pay for that too." 

Spielbauer is currently enrolled in the legal program at Amarillo College, and plans on transferring to West Texas A&M University's pre-law program. After attending law school her goal is to work for organizations like the Innocence Project. She believes this case and her experience her driving force to help others.

"This is what sparked it," Spielbauer said. "Life has no meaning without purpose and you have to have a purpose in life to fulfill what God wants you to do, and before all this I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was an insurance agent and I hated it, the office life is not for me and I lost that career while I was gone, I lost my license, and I'm starting all over from scratch with a part-time job and going to school full time and just trying to make ends meet." 

Spielbauer says she will continue to work with the Randall County District Attorney throughout the rest of the investigation. 

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