Knoxville mother charged with evidence tampering in daughter’s death waives preliminary hearing


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville mother accused of tampering with evidence related to the death of her daughter waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Robin Howington, 36, appeared in Knox County Felony Sessions court and elected to waive her preliminary hearing. She was arrested in September after her 5-year-old daughter, Destiny Oliver, was shot and killed in their Fountain City home.

Court documents show Howington changed her story several times when she spoke to investigators about what happened. Arrest warrants also show Howington wiped and stashed the gun and moved other items at the crime scene the night of the shooting.

Once at the hospital, Howington did not want to give officers her cellphone and attempted to destroy the phone placing it under running water because she feared it would have evidence of drug sales on it.

An interview with a witness revealed Howington did try to give her phone to her and even offering her money to take it because she didn’t want police to have it due to her drug sales.

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