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PELICAN BAY The son of a man who was found buried in his own front yard near a doghouse says he "always suspected" his dad's wife was to blame.

"Shorty" Robinson, as he was known, first went missing in 2010. But it wasn't until diligent work done by the Texas Rangers earlier this summer that his wife, Neola, was finally arrested and charged with his murder.

"I got a call they were taking a look at it. It has been a long three years," said Michael Robinson, Shorty's son.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for the family, as they were finally able to hold a memorial service over the weekend, even though Robinson's remains are still being held by the medical examiner.

"We always knew, but detectives back then just couldn't piece together the case," Michael Robinson said.

According to court documents, Neola Robinson was questioned in 2010, and investigators even took blood samples from the home, but they proved inconclusive.

Only recently did they again take a look at a shallow grave on the family's property, which Mrs. Robinson originally said was the burial spot for a pet dog.

Michael said he and his father didn't have an overly close relationship, but that he is still stunned over what happened.

He believes Neola Robinson murdered her husband after disputes over money.

She remains locked up in the Tarrant County Jail.

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