Tallahassee Attorneys Who May Be Open to Receive Payment Arrangements by Leon County Public Defender Nancy Daniels Office and State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office

Published April 8, 2014 by MAUL10

On February 7, 2011 when seventeen-year-old DeShon Thomas was charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder, DeShon and his mother waited patiently for Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson to appoint DeShon a Conflict Attorney after The Office of the Public Defender informed DeShon and his mother that they were no longer able to provide DeShon representation due to having represented the male victim in the murders.

(DeShon, who was a full-time freshman at Tallahassee Community College and worked no less than 35 hours a week at Taco Bell, had been in the Leon County Jail since February 2, 2011 for 5 pots of soil with marijuana stems sprouting from them that were located in 21-year-old Trentin Ross’ bedroom closet. According to reports, Mr. Ross told detectives that he, himself–watered and turned the lights on over the plants—but never clarified who put the plants in his one and only bedroom closet in the entire apartment. Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives already had DeShon pegged as the murderer in their double homicide case in which their investigation began on January 27, 2011. Both DeShon and Mr. Ross were charged with Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In the Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia case, DeShon was represented by the Public Defender’s Office in Juvenile Court. The State Attorney’s Office decided to Direct File those charges—which led DeShon to being charged as an adult—and transported to the Leon County Jail. It is believed that while DeShon was in the Leon County Jail waiting to comply with GPS Monitoring, a fake detective by the name of Don Odham and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell used Trentin Ross’ scorned heart, fear of incarceration, and ignorance of the law (in which detectives did not have a Search Warrant for Mr. Ross’ bedroom—detectives were aware that DeShon was not on Mr. Ross’ rental lease of the one-bedroom apartment) to give several incriminating statements about DeShon.)

After thirty days of DeShon not having an attorney, on March 12, 2011, DeShon’s mother signed a Contract for Service with Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings as DeShon’s private paid attorney. DeShon’s mother and Mr. Cummings had been introduced and physically met weeks earlier. At the time of their meeting, Mr. Cummings told DeShon’s mother that he was a Conflict Attorney, however, DeShon’s mother did not completely understand the burden of ethics that Conflict Attorneys maybe up against when it comes to representing one client in a private capacity versus representing hundreds of Indigent clients (plus other benefits—like a possible all expense paid trip to the Virgin Islands to interview a character witness). So clearly, in DeShon’s mother’s opinion, Conflict Attorneys have more to gain by representing Indigent clients than representing clients in a private capacity. The State of Florida have deeper pockets—residual income and a steady workflow (in most cases Conflict Attorneys receive less than $5000 per Indigent client). The $29850 paid to Mr. Cummings by DeShon’s mother over sixteen months (before firing Mr. Cummings for unethical practice, etc.)—didn’t put a dent in what Mr. Cummings had received from the State of Florida as Mr. Cummings, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson had at least a 10 year history of working high profile cases together.

DeShon’s mother is not condemning Conflict Attorneys who serve Tallahassee or the other cities within the 2nd Judicial Circuit. DeShon’s mother is simply informing parents to be aware of attorneys who receive compensation through private and public funds.

Please click the link below to see a list of Conflict Attorneys within the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

http://2ndcircuit.leoncountyfl.gov/conflict/directory.php

 

Open Letter to White People Who Pay Taxes in Florida (Specifically Tallahasseans)

Published March 28, 2014 by MAUL10

Dear White Florida Taxpayers:

I’m sure you all can relate when I say that I’d rather have someone tell me the truth about how my hard earned money is being spent than LIE to me and spend my hard earned money carelessly and recklessly. Now, I don’t know about you, but for me—when I loan money to someone and they don’t pay me back—I don’t just see it as that person not just paying me back—I’m a single mother of four—my finances are not just about a single effect on me—it’s an effect on my whole household—so when that person doesn’t pay me—then that person is telling me that they don’t care about the welfare of me or my family. And that’s not cool at all! Especially, especially when I cared enough to loan the money out instead of immediately spending it on my family toward dinner and a movie.

Having said that—let me introduce myself, my name is Carissa Chambers and I am the proud mother of DeShon Rashard Thomas. My family and I are from Orlando. We lived in Tallahassee full-time from April 2001 until December 2010 (and then part-time until April 2012).

On October 18, 2013 it was announced that my son DeShon was found guilty for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. The Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder stemmed from the January 27, 2011 double homicide investigation under the jurisdiction of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. And the Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder was brought about in August 2012 while DeShon had been in the Leon County Jail for over a year and half—where DeShon had been accused of hiring a Leon County Jail inmate as a “Hit Man” to take out Trentin Ross (DeShon’s former co-worker/roommate) who, according to Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham’s report, in essence stated that on February 4, 2011 twenty-one year-old Mr. Ross voluntarily came into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and told him (Det. Odham) that he and 17-year-old DeShon left his (Mr. Ross’) apartment with guns in the trunk of Mr. Ross’ girlfriend’s car, Mr. Ross then drove DeShon to the victims’ residence, heard two gunshots, received a text message from DeShon telling him to let him know when it was clear for him to come across Highway 20, text DeShon an all clear of Highway 20, then drove DeShon to dispose of the firearm at the Family Dollar within walking distance of the victims’ residence, and then returned to his apartment. After Detective Don Odham took this report, Mr. Ross, who had pending drug charges, was free to go about his life—without facing any charges in connection with the murders or being charged for admitting to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol with a minor or any violation of Florida Statutes 790.22 (4) (a) Any parent or guardian of a minor, or other adult responsible for the welfare of a minor, who knowingly and willfully permits the minor to possess a firearm in violation of subsection (3) commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s.775.083 or s. 775.084. While DeShon had been living with Mr. Ross for about seven weeks—DeShon did not have my support nor did he have my permission. Mr. Ross never contacted to me get any type of permission to take on the responsibility of DeShon. When DeShon moved in with Mr. Ross, Mr. Ross’ had no working electricity—DeShon offered to pay Mr. Ross’ outstanding electrical bill in exchange for allowing him to sleep on the couch—Mr. Ross accepted DeShon’s offer. At that point, Mr. Ross became the adult responsible for DeShon’s welfare.

Anyway, so after it was announced on the Internet that DeShon was found guilty, some of you (White taxpayers) took to the Internet to express your frustrations about how you’re sick and tired of paying the legal cost for N-Word (explicit), monkeys, Black animals, thugs, gang members, hood scum, welfare babies, low-lifes—just about every derogatory word that most you use when a young Black male is accused or found guilty of committing crimes. (In the days leading up to DeShon’s trial, on October 9, 2013 WCTV news report Julie Montanaro posted a piece titled, ‘Proposed Law Could Charge for Death Of Unborn During Crime.’ In the piece Ms. Montanaro speaks with Rep. Larry Ahern (District 66 St. Petersburg) and Rep. Kelli Stargel (District 64 Lakeland) in part about criminals being held accountable for the deaths of unborn babies. On WCTV website (above the article text) there is a sonogram photo of a fetus. While it is unclear if the sonogram photo of the unborn fetus is that of Laqecia Herring’s (the pregnant victim), the piece references Laqecia Herring as DeShon’s girlfriend—when the truth of the matter is that at the time of Ms. Herring and her brother’s murder, Ms. Herring and DeShon were not in a relationship—they were friends. Twenty-year-old Laqecia Herring, pregnant and already the mother of a toddler daughter had ended the 6 weeks relationship with 17-year-old DeShon three months prior to the murders. In which Ms. Herring rekindled the relationship between she and the 21-year-old boyfriend whom she’d been dating for over a year prior to their temporary split—in which she dated DeShon. The day the victims were found murdered, Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives focused all of their attention and resources on DeShon. Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives did not interview Ms. Herring’s boyfriend until three days after the victims were found murdered. At which time the boyfriend told detectives that he believed that he was the father of Ms. Herring’s unborn baby. And that he and Ms. Herring had a falling out a couple of days before the victims’ were found murdered because he found out that Ms. Herring had been communicating with DeShon. (DeShon had a new girlfriend.))

So now after WCTV ran their piece, you are saying that DeShon should be held responsible for three murders instead of two—and you’re calling DeShon a “Baby Killer” along with other brutal derogatory names. And you know, honestly, as a Black woman and as a mother—I was not angry toward you by any of the derogatory names you called my son or was I upset by the WCTV news piece. As far as WCTV is concerned…whatever! But as far as you are concerned—welcome to the club! Because White people—you’re victims of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs. You’ve been used and abused! You’ve given your support to elected leaders who don’t give a “Rat’s Ass” about you or your family. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs have taken your hard earned money and have no intentions on paying you back! So what I’m telling you today is that while you took to the Internet to exercise your Right to Freedom of Speech, what you don’t know is that before DeShon was charged with the murders, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs had trampled on DeShon’s Rights.

As a responsible parent, the day after the victims were found murdered, I took DeShon to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to give a statement. (DeShon was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College and worked at least 35 hours a week at Taco Bell—DeShon had no reason what-so-ever to want the victims murdered.) When DeShon and I arrived at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office a man that we came to know as, “Detective Don Odham” shut me completely out to accompany DeShon. When I invoked DeShon’s Miranda Rights—I was completely ignored and DeShon was taken away. During our time at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, “Detective Don Odham” treated DeShon and I as if it pre-Civil Rights Movement. I myself was in my late thirties—my generation was raised aware of race equality. “Detective Don Odham” appeared to be an old man of the pre- Civil Rights era—he reminded me of a KKK leader, so naturally, I was afraid of him and what he was going to do to me and DeShon. The other detectives in the area of the Interview Room seemed to fear “Detective Don Odham” as well. When “Detective Don Odham” became angry with me, he kicked me out of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and forced DeShon to stay. As “Detective Don Odham” and I walked down the stairwell, he used more racist vulgar toward me. I told “Detective Don Odham” that if my son is charged with the murders, without them thoroughly investigating the case, then they would be making a “Huge” mistake. “Detective Don Odham” continued on with his racist rant—he even voiced his anger with me for wanting an attorney for my son. When “Detective Don Odham” and I got to the double glass doors leading out to the parking lot, as I passed by “Detective Don Odham,” he spat in my hair. Instinctively I knew that I couldn’t react the way that I wanted to react because I would’ve been arrested—which is what “Detective Don Odham” seemed to want—to make an arrest. I continued on walking out to my vehicle. (that ordeal lasted 7 hours) A few hours later, I was received a call from the Juvenile Assessment Center to come pick up DeShon. Now all of that disrespect and drama that “Detective Don Odham” had taken DeShon and I through and there was no charge/hold or anything connecting DeShon to the murders.

(Here’s where you join my team)

On February 7, 2011 Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham prepared a Summary of Offense and Probable Cause for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder charging DeShon with the murders supposedly based on what Mr. Ross had claimed (as I stated earlier). Now, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell along with State Attorney Willie Meggs presented “Detective Don Odham” to Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective—when in fact, Don Odham was not even on the Leon County Sheriff’s Office payroll. Don Odham did not have the experience or the credentials to be a detective. Don Odham was presented to Judge Ashenafi-Richardson when he wasn’t the lead detective on the case at all. Full-time Certified veteran Leon County Sheriff Detective Melinda McBride was the lead detective on the case. Lead Det. McBride, with the assistance of Lt. Tim Baxter and other full-time Certified veteran detectives and deputies had been actively and aggressively investigating the case. Lead Det. McBride and others had began to conclude their investigation of DeShon—without sufficient Probable Cause for an arrest—when “Detective Don Odham” came with his claim of Trentin Ross voluntarily coming into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell along with State Attorney Willie Meggs built on Don Odham’s unauthorized act of deception. At the time Don Odham claimed to have interacted with Mr. Ross, Don Odham was a Reserve Deputy. A former Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy stated that Don Odham was a close, wealthy friend of the Campbell family. Clearly, Don Odham was not going to miss any meals for violating the Rights of citizens—which is why he was so comfortable with being so racist with DeShon and I. However, there was a possibility of Don Odham losing his position as a Reserve Deputy once the dust settled for his racist vulgar and disgusting acts toward DeShon and me. As well as a possible lawsuit against the Leon County Sheriff’s Office for allowing a Reserve Deputy to act out in such a manner and to go even further and allow a Reserve Deputy to deny a 17-year-old access to an attorney. Personally, I’ve seen people in the work environment put up an argument for not being given a private office than any of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office personnel spoke up when Don Odham was being racist toward DeShon and me. According to the manual for Reserve Deputies, Reserve Deputies are to act under full-time Certified Deputies not above Certified full-time Deputies. Also, the manual states that Reserve Deputies primary focus is patrol. A Bureau Chief for Reserve Deputies stated that Reserve Deputies are not to be assigned as Lead Detectives—which is contrary to what Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell allowed Don Odham to do. According to Don Odham and several other detective reports, Don Odham took part in processing inside of the crime scene.

As far as money is concern—when it came to DeShon’s legal expenses—after several episodes of what seemed to be confusion between the Leon County Clerk of Courts and the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel’s Office in regards to court-appointed representation, I took all of my savings and handed it over to Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings. Mr. Cummings promised to file the necessary documents to have the victims’ autopsy reports made public record or at the least available to Deshon. Mr. Cummings promised to UnSeal DeShon’s cell phone records—in which Leon County Sheriff’s Office had them Sealed. Mr. Cummings stated that he’d get Trentin Ross’ deposition. None of those things happened. I paid Mr. Cummings $29850 of the $50000 that he was charging to represent DeShon—after sixteen months—DeShon’s case had gone nowhere. I realized that I was paying Mr. Cummings while Mr. Cummings was acting as a co-conspirator to have DeShon convicted. I filed a complaint with The Florida Bar against Mr. Cummings. DeShon and I fired Mr. Cummings. Because Mr. Cummings had stolen our money, I could not immediately afford an attorney. That’s when DeShon’s case defaulted back to the courts to be assigned counsel. To further take money from you, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell along with State Attorney Willie Meggs had DeShon thrown into solitary confinement on the same day Mr. Cummings filed his Motion to Withdraw (clearly this was an act of retaliation). DeShon could no longer have visitation or make phone calls. C ircuit Judge James C. Hankinson, a former employee of State Attorney Willie Meggs had signed the Probable Cause and an Arrest Warrant Charging DeShon with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder with the target being Trentin Ross.

In August 2012 State Attorney Willie Meggs stated that DeShon (then 19-years-old) had solicited 29-year-old Dawuan Williams as the “Hit Man” to murder Trentin Ross. State Attorney Willie Meggs had you believing that Dawuan Williams had been arrested for his role in the solicitation—when in fact, Mr. Williams had not been arrested. Mr. Williams had been out of the Leon County Jail for well over a month and was being financially supported by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had hatched a scheme to try to get DeShon to ask Mr. Williams to murder Mr. Ross. Mr. Williams of course was all “Gung-ho” to help. Mr. Williams had already been convicted and had served time in a Florida Prison. At the time Mr. Williams had agreed to help State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin, Mr. Williams had been brought to the Leon County Jail after being captured in Tifton, Georgia by the Tifton County Sheriff’s Office and the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on two outstanding warrants out of Tallahassee for Armed Bank Robbery. So the man (Mr. Williams), who’d robbed two banks that held Tallahassee citizens money, was being financially supported by the man (the Judicial System). (Wow!)

(FYI: While Mr. Williams was out of jail, he was arrested in another Florida county for Armed Home Invasion Robbery with Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Forgery and a slew of other charges. It wasn’t until Mr. Williams landed into another county jail as to when Mr. Williams’ became wanted by Leon County Judicial authorities went after him.)

After DeShon fired Mr. Cummings, DeShon’s case ended up being represented by the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel’s Office—where Regional Counsel Samuel Olmstead was assigned to the case. DeShon and I offered to pay for a private investigator to assist Samuel Olmstead with the case. Samuel Olmstead never responded. From August 2012 until late January 2013 (about 5 months), DeShon’s case had not budged in the Judicial System. I’d received a letter from The Florida Bar in response to my complaint against Mr. Cummings—The Florida Bar stated that Mr. Cummings had NOT violated any of their rules. (Whoa! What a blow! I don’t know any consumer who would shop at a place where if the product that they purchased Did Not work properly—then they could not get a refund or at least store credit. The Florida Bar cautioned me with seeking another private attorney in Tallahassee. However, it was very expensive for me and my family to pay for an attorney outside of Tallahassee. (Yeah, The Florida Bar’s response was a “Huge” disappointment for me as a mother, as a consumer and just as an American citizen. I’d shopped DeShon’s case to other attorneys around Florida enough to know that Mr. Cummings had in fact violated Bar rules, so… Even those with the Florida Innocence Project were surprised with The Florida Bar’s response.)

In late January 2013 DeShon filed Pro Se (again to get his case process through the Judicial System and to save Taxpayers money—I mean everybody in the Judicial System was getting paid by the Taxpayers—but nobody in the Judicial System was doing their job effectively. I wrote Governor Rick Scott, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to inform them of the government waste—but to no avail. I mean now that I’m looking back on it I see why Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll couldn’t act on DeShon’s case—one who has a dirty closet has to keep a low profile. So Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi stated that they could not get involved in on-going criminal case. So then I asked Governor Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to the case—it was obvious that the reason for DeShon’s case being stagnant was because DeShon’s defense attorneys—both private paid and court-appointed—were being “Bullied” by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. Governor Rick Scott declined.

In mid-February 2013 less than a month away from DeShon’s fifth rescheduled trial date, DeShon went before Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson to address his Pro Se filing (Faretta Hearing). Regional Counsel Samuel Olmstead did not appear in court—instead another attorney from the Regional Counsel’s Office appeared in court. The attorney announced that Samuel Olmstead was resigning from the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel’s Office effective March 1, 2013. The attorney announced that Mr. Olmstead’s supervisor, Daren Shippy, would be handling DeShon’s case. With that news, DeShon withdrew his Pro Se filing—and again put his belief that the Judicial System would get together and present the evidence that would exonerate him. DeShon had been in the Leon County Jail for over two years—still in solitary confinement—still not allowed to have visitors or make phone calls.

In March 2013, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy immediately filed a Motion to Withdraw. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, who’d been presiding over DeShon’s case since February 2011, denied Mr. Shippy’s motion. (Mr. Shippy was the forth court appointed attorney on DeShon’s case.) Things were becoming clearer—Judge James C. Hankinson was conspiring with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell to ensure DeShon’s conviction. The only way DeShon could be convicted is if his defense attorney failed to present a proper defense. I don’t know of anybody in today’s time who would willingly participate in the wrongful conviction of a teenager. However, I do know that a favor is a favor. A promise is a promise. And all of those involved in the Judicial System have a long work history together—there’s no telling of what is owed out to whom and for what reason. As I looked into DeShon’s file at the Leon County Clerk of Courts, I saw where State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was not only running the operations out of the Leon County Jail, but was possibly running Circuit Judge Hankinson. There was a Motion for a Continuance that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell has signed. (Please Click Link)  Motion for Continuance

The Order for the Motion was granted—however, Circuit Judge Hankinson’s signature was not on the Order. (Please Click Link) Order Continuance

I wrote Governor Rick Scott informing him of how Circuit Judge Hankinson had been violating DeShon’s Civil Rights. At DeShon’s next court date, DeShon had another judge presiding over his case. The judge, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford started on a clean slate. But because people had warned me about the attitude of incoming judges based on complaining defendant (or in DeShon’s case—complaining family members about the handling of another judge (their “Colleague”) then I shouldn’t expect much difference from a new judge.) And boy—I tell ya—they were right! Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford had also worked for State Attorney Willie Meggs. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was so bold and comfortable with running the courtroom he easily ran Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford’s courtroom—even telling her who to appoint as court appointed counsel for one of his witnesses (Please Click Link)

Circuit Judge Fulford had only been assigned to preside over DeShon’s case four months prior to DeShon’s October trial. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy had been assigned to DeShon’s case seven months prior to DeShon’s October trial. (When Mr. Shippy’s Motion to Withdraw was denied, Mr. Shippy told DeShon that no work had been done on his case.) Like DeShon and I had done with the other attorneys, we offered to pay for a private investigator to assist Mr. Shippy on DeShon’s case—again—to no avail.

Although I forged on with trying to hire another attorney for DeShon—I’d been told that in small towns like Tallahassee, local judges do not favor attorneys outside of their circuit. Besides, attorneys had smelled the stench all over DeShon’s case and it smelled Loud and Foul!

DeShon’s trial was the same! Perjury! (criminal offense) Ridiculous! And out-right Evil! All funded with your tax money!

So if you choose to continue to show Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs and the LIES that they’ve told and the Circus that they’ve caused in your community—then just know—they’re not treating you any different than they’ve treated that N-Word (explicit), that thug, that welfare baby, that “Baby Killer” and all of the other derogatory names that you have called my son. Also know—that it’s your money that’s funding my son’s incarceration. And it’s also your money that’s funding the Campbell’s, the Meggs’, and all of those who committed Perjury to go on those vacations that you probably can’t afford to take with your family. Don Odham—definitely didn’t put his family vacation on hold—he didn’t have to because he’s wealthy, and he didn’t owe Taxpayers a dime or his time—he wasn’t on the Leon County Sheriff’s Office payroll. If Taxpayers are going to allow Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell along with State Attorney Willie Meggs to LIE to the Courts—then why should he hold up his family life. DeShon’s conviction wasn’t going to make or break Don Odham–whose entire family vacations in the Bahamas’ Green Turtle. (Please Click Link) Don Odham Vacation

DeShon’s conviction was going to make Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs. And they knew that DeShon’s Wrongful conviction was/is going to break them.

My son did not commit the crimes that he’s incarcerated for committing. My son did not LIE to you. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell along with State Attorney Willie Meggs LIED to the Courts—and they LIED to you. Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi failed to protect US from their LIES. (Hmm, I wonder why?)

So the next time you take to the Internet to exercise your Constitutional Right—you may want to take a minute and think about if that person that you’re criticizing had the Right to exercise their Constitutional Right as well. Ask yourself—what makes you so special that you’re always in a position to exercise your Rights without any interference? Also, keep in mind that Black people and other races pay taxes as well. Now you know–You’re Welcome! As Taxpayers let’s put those in office who are going to value our vote and work hard to bring our communities together versus those who are going steal our children, LIE to us, disrespect our hard earned money and divide our communities.

 

PEACE!

Florida Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Fail to Open Criminal Investigation into Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs and District Two Medical Examiner Dr. Anthony Clark

Published March 21, 2014 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—It took State Attorney Willie Meggs and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell nearly three years to convict my son 17-year-old DeShon Thomas to Two Life Sentences Plus 30 years and it had nothing to do with the collection of evidence or a prolonged wait for test results.

On January 27, 2011 when the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 Call about a double homicide in southwest Tallahassee—the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded—in their response they botched the crime scene and the investigation.

They botched the crime scene by entering the victims’ residence through a possible point of exit for the murderer and they botched the investigation by acting on a hunch and focusing all of their resources and detectives on 17-year-old full-time Tallahassee Community College Student DeShon Thomas. (DeShon worked at Taco Bell nearly 35 hours a week and was temporarily living with his co-worker 21-year-old Trentin Ross.)  Soon after detectives arrived at the crime scene, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office went as far as falsifying court documents stating that there was a “Clear Connection” of DeShon being involved in criminal activity in order to obtain a Court Order for DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records and to have AT&T place DeShon on GPS Tracking via his cell phone and report DeShon’s whereabouts to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Tallahassee Police Department every 15 minutes. (Judge Ronald Flury granted the Order.) When detectives received information regarding DeShon’s whereabouts, among other things—they asked DeShon if he wanted to come give a statement in regards to the double homicide, DeShon declined—and he was free to go—no arrest—no “Clear Connection” to have DeShon arrested. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office then obtained a Court Order to have DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records Sealed. (Again, Judge Ronald Flury granted the Order.)

The next day, on January 28, 2011 after DeShon informed me about the incident with Leon County Sheriff Detectives, I took DeShon into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office for us to give a statement. (The victims of the double homicide were DeShon’s pregnant ex-girlfreind 20-year-old Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old brother Sterling Conner Jr. (Ms. Herring, who was the mother of a toddler, ended the six weeks relationship with DeShon three months prior to the murders. While DeShon was not 100% sure that he’d fathered Ms. Herring’s unborn baby, DeShon, my family and I gave our support to Ms. Herring.) Since I’d spoken with Ms. Herring within a few days of her murder, I thought that maybe I could’ve been of some help. I did not personally know her brother Sterling but I’d met him. The night before the victims were found murdered (January 26, 2011), DeShon and Ms. Herring had been texting back and forth while DeShon was at work. DeShon texted Ms. Herring asking about death threats that Ms. Herring (and his unborn baby) had received on Facebook. Ms. Herring texted him that she owed the woman and the woman’s mother some money and had no plans on paying them and the woman was mad. As a parent, I thought this information should be told to detectives. Despite there being Public threat agains Ms. Herring’s life, detectives had already pinned DeShon as the murderer. When “Detective” Odham refused to allow me to accompany DeShon while he gave a statement, I invoked DeShon’s Miranda Rights—I was completely ignored and DeShon was taken away.

A few hours later I was allowed to accompany DeShon in an interview room. “Detective” Odham deadbolt locked DeShon and I in the room. I could not believe that we were being held against our will—DeShon had not been charged with anything. When I’d decided enough was enough, “Detective” Odham kicked me out of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and refused to allow DeShon to leave with me. While other detectives and uniformed deputies stood by stoic, “Detective” Odham escorted me down the stairwell and out of the building. When I passed “Detective” Odham to walk out of the doors, “Detective” Odham spit in my hair. It was his final attempt to provoke me to give him a reason to act out of my character in order for him to arrest me. It was clear from the beginning of our (DeShon and me) first encounter that “Detective” Odham had an overwhelming “Itch” to make an arrest.

Not long after I returned to my Tallahassee home that had been on the market for sale, I received a phone call to come pick DeShon up from the Juvenile Assessment Center. DeShon had not been charged with anything in connection with the murders. Instead, DeShon had been charged with 5 pots of soil that had marijuana stems sprouting from them—Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives had found this grow in Trentin Ross’ bedroom closet. (It took DeShon to appear before a juvenile court judge 3 times before the Judge Karen Gievers finally found probable cause for the Cultivation of Marijana charges to stick. Detective Odham was at the finally court appearance. For Cultivation of Marijuana—DeShon was charged as an Adult.)

Ten days after the murders, on February 7, 2011 “Detective” Odham drafted a Summary of Offense and Probable Cause for Two Counts of First Degree Murder charging 17-year-old DeShon with the murders—using incriminating statements from Trentin Ross—DeShon’s disgruntle co-worker/ roommate. (Mr. Ross, who did not have a prior criminal record, also had been charged with Cultivation of Marijuana. Mr. Ross also knew that DeShon had a sexual encounter with his girlfriend that took place in Mr. Ross’ one-bedroom apartment when Mr. Ross was not at home—a clear sign of malice.) “Detective” Odham’s Probable Cause was approved by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell received Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richardson’s signature for Approval of the Probable Cause and for the Arrest Warrant.

For nearly three years DeShon’s case process would go through several rollercoaster sharp turns and steep drops. One being, “Detective” Odham was not a full-time Certified Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy—was not on the payroll—he was a Reserve Deputy—a volunteer. “Detective” Odham was not the Lead Detective on the double homicide case at the time of getting State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s approval for the Probable Cause charging DeShon with the murder—instead, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell allowed Reserve Deputy Don Odham to replace the Lead Detective on the double homicide case—full-time Certified Deputy Melinda McBride. Detective Melinda McBride and her team of other full-time Certified law enforcement officers had aggressively investigated DeShon—including having had questioned Mr. Ross and Mr. Ross’ girlfriend. Detectives were unable to show a “Clear Connection” to prepare Probable Cause to have DeShon charged with the murders. In fact, in Lead Detective McBride’s report, her statement shows that “Detective” Odham was not being truthful. Regardless as to what Lead Detective McBride reported, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, his son State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Willie Meggs presented Don Odham to the Second Judicial Circuit Courts as a creditable Leon County Sheriff’s Detective when in fact Don Odham was not creditable and was not a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, State Attorney Willie Meggs knowingly approved/signed false court documents prepared by Don Odham identifying himself as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective—a clear Breach of Public Trust.

DeShon’s case process was plagued with numerous acts of misconduct and violations of DeShon’s Civil Rights. After many episodes of confusion, in March 2011 I hire a private attorney by the name of Gregory Cummings as DeShon’s defense attorney. Over sixteen months—DeShon had four trial dates come and go—at every trial date State Prosecutor Jack Campbell would file a Motion for Continuance. In July 2012 I’d had enough of Mr. Cummings—Mr. Cummings had promised to have DeShon take a polygraph test—that never happened. Mr. Cummings, who was a sole proprietor without a paralegal, refused to allow me to hire a private investigator to assist him on the case. Mr. Cummings never filed motions to have DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records UnSealed or provided to DeShon. Neither did Mr. Cummings provide DeShon with the victims’ autopsy reports or make the victims’ autopsy reports Public record. Mr. Cummings had not deposed Trentin Ross, Don Odham or any of the others who played a major role in the double murder investigation. There was a “Clear Connection” showing that Mr. Cummings and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell were working together to conceal evidence that could exonerate DeShon. I immediately filed a complaint against Mr. Cummings with The Florida Bar. DeShon and I fired Mr. Cummings. At the time of firing Mr. Cummings, I’d paid Mr. Cummings $29850 of the $50000 that Mr. Cummings was charging for his services.

In retaliation for DeShon firing Mr. Cummings, State Attorney Willie Meggs filed Solicitiation to Commit 1st Degree Murder charges against DeShon—DeShon was thrown into solitary confinement where all of his phone and visitation privileges had been taken away. In a press conference, State Attorney Willie Meggs stated that DeShon had solicited an inmate by the name of Dawuan Williams to murder Trentin Ross—the key witness in the double murder case against him. State Attorney Willie Meggs made statements to make the Public believe that Dawuan Williams, who was described as the “Hitman,” had been arrested for his role in the solicitation—when in fact Dawuan Williams had not been arrested at all.

Twenty-nine year-old Dawaun Williams was brought to the Leon County Jail in May 2012 after being tracked down and arrested by the Tifton County Sheriff’s Office in Tifton, GA and the Southeast Regional Task Force. Dawaun Williams had two arrest warrants out of Tallahassee for two Armed Bank Robberies (one being investigated under the jurisdiction of the Tallahassee Police Department and another under the jurisdiction of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office). Within two months of being in the Leon County Jail, Dawuan Williams was back on the streets and being financially supported by the State Attorney’s Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. When State Attorney Willie Meggs gave the press conference announcing DeShon’s new charge of solicitation and Dawuan Williams being the “Hitman,” Dawuan Williams had been out of the Leon County Jail for over a month and had already received money from the State Attorney’s Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Since there was no re-arrest of Dawuan Williams, while back out in the community, just a few months later, in a neighboring county, Dawuan Williams was arrested for Home Invasion Armed Robbery with Kidnapping, Assault with a Firearm and a slew of other charges involving violence.

Two months before DeShon’s went on trial for the murders, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had a slip of the tongue and admitted that he requested for State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin to go to the Leon County Jail to make contact with Dawuan Williams. State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin supported State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s accounts. Up until State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s slip of the tongue, it had been reported that an anonymous caller—female caller—had been contacted by Dawuan Williams and Mr. Williams asked her to contact State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin—which is what initiated the solicitation investigation. Within a few hours of State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin’s first meeting with Mr. Williams, Mr. Williams was a free man. None of the staff at the Leon County Jail was asked to testify about DeShon having had solicited Mr. Williams—therefore it is believed that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was operating his own scheme to have DeShon charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. As the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, more than likely, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell has extensive knowledge of the Standard of Operating Procedures at the Leon County Jail. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell served as Leon County Undersheriff for several years and has worked with other local law enforcement agencies—including the FDLE. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell plotted with State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin to commit mail fraud and have a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy by the name of Ronald O’Brien, who did not work in the Leon County Jail, to smuggle contraband into the jail.

On October 16, 2013 as DeShon entering his 3rd day of trial for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder State Prosecutor Jack Campbell called Dr. Anthony Clark with the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office. Dr. Clark testified that he had not gone to the crime scene on the day of the victims being found. Dr. Clark testified that he used photos of the crime scene as a part of his report—which he conducted the autopsy on both victims the day following the initial start of the investigation. In Dr. Clark’s testimony, he described in great detail the three stages of Rigor Mortis—slight, moderate, and full. While Dr. Clark testified that both victims were in the slight stage of Rigor Mortis, in the few pages of the victims’ autopsy reports that I received from Mr. Cummings nearly a year and half earlier, Dr. Clark reported the victims of being in different stages of Rigor Mortis—with the male victim being in “moderate to full.” The “moderate to full” stage of Rigor Mortis completely exonerates DeShon as being the murderer because according to Dr. Clark’s own testimony, the “moderate to full stage occurs after the victim has been deceased for twelve (12) hours.” DeShon did not get off from work until 1:30 a.m. on the morning of January 27, 2011. The victims were found murdered the morning of January 27, 2011 around 10:15 a.m. (a 9 hours difference). Furthermore, DeShon’s worked and lived nearly 19 miles away from the victims’ residence. Not only did DeShon not have a car—his co-worker and manager told detectives that DeShon worked through his entire shift.

In the Summary of Offense and Probable Cause for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder prepared by “Detective” Don Odham and approved by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, Trentin Ross’ incriminating statements put both Trentin Ross and DeShon at the crime scene during the early morning hours of January 27, 2011 around 4 a.m. Also, in the Probable Cause and several legal documents provided to the courts by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office—stated that DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records placed DeShon’s cell phone in the area of the victims’ residence where a text message was sent from DeShon’s cell phone to Trentin Ross’ cell phone while DeShon was inside the victims’ residence at 4:14 a.m. Trentin Ross was sitting outside in his girlfriend’s car (Ross’ girlfriend) waiting on DeShon. (Trentin Ross has not been charged with anything in connection with the murders.)

Dr. Clark committed Perjury in order to deceive the jury and have DeShon convicted. (DeShon went on trial without his cell phone records and the victims’ autopsy reports ever being disclosed to him and the Public.)

While The Florida Bar stated that they did not find where Mr. Cummings had violated any of their rules, both private and public attorneys across the State of Florida have stated that they hadn’t seen any case like DeShon’s in their career of practicing law. For over two years nothing had been filed to show a legal defense for DeShon. A clear sign that the Second Judicial Circuit in Leon County is operating in time period where racism and conspiracies went undetected.

Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were informed of nearly every false document filed with the courts by both State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Regional Counsel Daren Shippy (DeShon’s final court appointed attorney), as well as every violation of DeShon’s Civil Rights—including those violations committed by Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson who was replaced after being on DeShon’s case for over two years—who also actively participated in conspiring to have DeShon convicted. The many, many acts of misconduct and Perjury committed by officials were allowed to play out in court under Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford without any objection by her or the defense. When those at the highest level of government failed to open a criminal investigation into the matter—I receive a letter from the Department of Health threatening to charge me for violating Florida Statutes regarding confidentiality after I’d submitted a few pages of the victims’ autopsy report to support my complaint to show where Dr. Clark committed Perjury.

The 2nd District State Attorney’s Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Does Not Fight Crime They Assist In Crime i.e. Dawuan Najee Williams

Published February 23, 2014 by MAUL10

In 2012 Dawuan Najee Williams committed two Armed Bank Robberies in Tallahassee, FL and then went on the run. Not long after this fugitive went on the run, he was captured in Tifton, GA by U.S. Marshals and the Tifton County Sheriff’s Office. Dawuan Williams was then extradited to the Leon County Jail.

In less than two months after his extradition, he was sought out by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell to assist in a Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder scheme. As State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s request, on June 28, 2012 State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin went to the Leon County Jail to meet with Dawuan Williams. The same day State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin and  Dawuan Williams’ had their first meeting, Dawuan Williams was released on a $15000 bond. Leon County Sheriff’s Office provided Dawuan Williams with a cell phone, money and stationary materials to write Leon County Jail inmate DeShon Thomas. Since the letter was supposedly written in gang code and the Leon County Jail’s Gang Task Force was not a part of the scheme, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald O’Brien was selected to smuggle the letter into the jail and put it in the spot where all incoming mail for inmates are kept. (Considering that Dawuan Williams had to work fast–he taught DeShon how to read and write in gang code in two weeks of their meeting in K-POD–then he was then released. Next, Dawuan Williams taught State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin and Deputy Ronald O’Brien how to read and write in gang code.—the message in the letter was strictly dependent of Dawuan Williams’ for translation.)

The solicitation investigation of DeShon Thomas went astray after DeShon and his mother fired his attorney Gregory Cummings. Meanwhile, Dawuan Williams continued his crime spree. A few months after his release from the Leon County Jail, he was arrested for a number of crimes—including Armed Home Invasion Robbery with Kidnapping.

Up until a week before Dawuan Williams was to testify in DeShon Thomas’ trial, Nancy Daniels with the Public Defender’s Office abruptly withdrew as Dawuan Williams’ defense attorney. As instructed by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford appointed local Defense Attorney Alex Morris as Dawuan Williams’ attorney. (At the time of this abrupt change, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was also the presiding judge in Dawuan Williams’ case.)

Where Dawuan Williams was facing nearly 50 years in prison, as of February 6, 2014 according to the Florida Department of Corrections website, Dawuan Williams DC# N17598 Initial Reception Date is 2/6/2014 and the Current Facility is listed: Out of Dept. Custody By Court Order.

Note—DeShon Thomas may have been convicted of the murders—he is NOT a murderer! Therefore, it means that the same as State Attorney Willie Meggs and Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell felt comfortable with Dawuan Williams out in the community after Two Armed Bank Robberies—they clearly feel comfortable with a cold-blooded murderer in the community.

http://www.tiftongazette.com/x1647290572/Tallahassee-fugitive-arrested-in-Tifton

Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs May Have Ethics Complaint Filed Against Him—Maybe Not Jameis Winston’s Case—Perjury Clearly Running Rapid Out of Meggs’ Office; Eric Crombley, Georgia Cappleman, Emmett “Jack” Campbell, Jason Newlin—who else?

Published January 16, 2014 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL—In early 2011, Assistant State Attorney Eric Crombley falsified information on court documents regarding Tallahassee Community College freshman, 17-year-old DeShon Thomas. Soon thereafter, Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman lied about significant evidence that brought an Indictment—officially charging DeShon Thomas with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Although DeShon Thomas was said to be the only perpetrator in the late January 2011 double murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr., State Prosecutor Emmett “Jack” Campbell refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to make the victims’ autopsy reports Public Record. According to staff at the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office—after months which turned into years—after the completion of the victims’ autopsy reports, the State Attorney’s Office refused to change the status of the double murder case—citing the case as “Ongoing Investigation” versus Closed. According to the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office, the normal change of status regarding homicide cases is normally upon an arrest of the suspect, the investigation status is changed from Ongoing to Closed. DeShon Thomas was charged with the murders on February 7, 2011 (eleven days after the murders).

 

Florida’s Public Records Law; Chapter 119 in part states, “Autopsy reports made pursuant to law are Public Records which must be made available for public inspection and examination unless exempted by special act. If not exempted from disclosure by special act, an autopsy report may be kept confidential only to the extent necessary to ensure that a criminal investigation would not be significantly impeded and enable violators of the criminal laws to escape detection and apprehension. Documents or records made confidential by statutes do not lose such status upon receipt by the medical examiner.”

 

According to Florida’s Attorney General website, an exception commonly used to exempt autopsy reports as category of records from s. 119.07 (1) F.S., is the principal commonly known as the “police secret rule.” This exception is applied only where the effect would be to significantly impair or impede the enforcement of the law and enable violators to escape detection. In DeShon Thomas’ case—he was incarcerated, thus, unable to escape. DeShon Thomas had five attorneys assigned to his case (1 private and four court appointed) all refused to even discuss the victims’ autopsy reports with him—let alone provide the victims’ autopsy reports to him and the Public. DeShon Thomas was convicted without disclosing evidence that could’ve clearly exonerated him. DeShon Thomas’ court appointed Regional Conflict Counsel Daren Shippy failed to Impeach those that he, himself knew were committing Perjury. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell lied to the jury.

 

Why?

 

What type of “tone” has State Attorney Willie Meggs set for his Assistant State Attorneys in order for them to feel comfortable filing court documents containing false information, lying to the public about significant evidence and violate several laws—all in an effort to have DeShon Thomas, a 17-year-old college student with no violent record what-so-ever, charged with not one but Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. On top of that—a murder that resulted in the death of possibly his unborn baby girl—but leaving Laqecia Herring’s toddler daughter unharmed alone in the townhome.

 

In mid-October 2013, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell continued on with the stockpile of lies that he needed in order to get guilty verdicts against DeShon Thomas (now 20-years-old). State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, along with inside recruits, such as District Two Medical Examiner Associate Dr. Anthony J. Clark, State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies Brian Pearson and Ronald O’Brien violated laws that all played a significant part to have DeShon Thomas convicted.

 

While Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and State Attorney Willie Meggs basically stating that they agree with the handling of the “investigation” regarding the Jameis Winston case, all of the named above were repeatedly contacted about the misconduct by those within the Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee regarding DeShon Thomas.

 

If one were to look in the Archives on the blog site http://tallahasseeo.com in December 2011, the first article regarding the botched investigation by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s dad’s agency (Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell)—clearly one would find an investigation that prompts more questions than answers as to what and why was 17-year-old DeShon Thomas charged and arrested for the double homicide. If one were to read articles (past and present) on the blog site http://maul10.com established in early 2012 to document DeShon Thomas’ case in an effort to share with the Public the misconduct that was sure to come down the pipe (simply because Perjured testimony of witnesses was the only way to get DeShon Thomas hauled into Florida’s Department of Corrections—in which the blog site shows just that).

 

State Attorney Willie Meggs is an elected official who is responsible for setting the “tone” in the Office that he has been entrusted to hold. Failing to remove any staff members—especially Assistant State Attorneys—that have committed Perjury or violated any other law (s) —is a violation of his elected position—therefore, validates an Ethics Complaint.

 

Open Letter to Florida State Surgeon General & Secretary John H. Armstrong and Governor Rick Scott

Published January 8, 2014 by MAUL10

When lawmakers for the State of Florida decided that accused juvenile offenders could be charged as adults in criminal court, I have to believe that they were not opening the door for Law Enforcement Officers, State Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Judges, Medical Examiners and others involved in the judicial process to set aside Florida and U.S. Constitutional Laws and act out their own disgusting tactics to render guilty verdicts.

One disgusting tactic that I personally witnessed is an accused juvenile offenders’ Constitutional Rights repeatedly being violated by several of those in authority. Another disgusting tactic that I personally witnessed is an accused juvenile offenders’ lack of understanding of the judicial process and inability to clearly understand the significance of scientific evidence against him—thus, going to trial without the victims’ autopsy reports being made public record. These are just two of many disgusting tactics that I personally witnessed taking place in adult court against an accused juvenile offender.

My name is Carissa Chambers. I am the mother of DeShon Thomas—accused juvenile offender. In early 2011 DeShon was a full-time college student at Tallahassee Community College (in his 3rd successful semester) and working at Taco Bell (nearly 1 year)—he was 17-years-old.

On February 7, 2011 DeShon was charged with the murders of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Laqecia Herring and her brother, 17-year-old Sterling Conner Jr. DeShon pleaded Not Guilty!

The victims were found murdered the morning of January 27, 2011. Not only did the Leon County Sheriff’s Office immediately focus all of their manpower/resources on gathering evidence against DeShon, but when Lead Detective Melinda McBride and other full-time experienced deputies began to conclude their investigation as to DeShon having committed the murders—without sufficient Probable Cause to charge DeShon, Det. McBride was replaced by an inexperienced 17 year Reserve Deputy by the name of Don Odham.

Don Odham, being a close friend of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, did not have respect from other deputies. But what Don Odham did have was the full support of Sheriff Larry Campbell and Sheriff Larry Campbell’s son, Florida’s 2nd Judicial Assistant State Attorney Emmett “Jack” Campbell. While Sheriff Larry Campbell had jurisdiction over the double murder investigation, his son, Jack Campbell was set to prosecute DeShon. The Campbell’s/Odham plan may have been to walk Reserve Deputy Don Odham through the prosecution process of DeShon—and then celebrate DeShon’s conviction—or it could’ve been a simple bet of $1 similar to that in the 1980’s movie Trading Places—in order to get Don Odham recognition for “solving” a double murder—we really will never know what they were thinking—but one thing for sure is that it didn’t take long for their plan to fall apart. And when their plan fell apart—State Prosecutor Jack Campbell became very desperate to set another plan into place. It is obvious that he began recruiting anybody willing to commit Perjury in the case against DeShon. Through Perjured testimony of others was the Only way State Prosecutor Jack Campbell could get guilty verdicts.

DeShon had five attorneys on his case in two years (1 private and 4 court appointed). DeShon’s private attorney, Gregory Cummings was hired early on in his case. After sixteen months and having been paid nearly $30,000 Mr. Cummings was fired for unethical practice as well as other reasons. DeShon also had two Circuit Court Judges assigned to his case.

The week of October 14, 2013 marked the beginning of DeShon’s long awaited trial. Although crucial evidence such as the victims’ autopsy reports and DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records still had not been disclosed to him or the Public, it was clear to me that Defense Regional Counsel Daren Shippy had jumped on State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s sickening bandwagon to railroad DeShon into Florida’s Prison System—thus, proceeded with trial.

On October 16, 2013 State Prosecutor Jack Campbell called District Two Medical Examiner Associate Dr. Anthony J. Clark, M.D. to the witness stand (Dr. Clark performed the autopsies on both victims). Not long into Dr. Clark’s testimony, it was clear to me that Dr. Clark also had chosen to jump on State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s sickening bandwagon to railroad DeShon into Florida’s Prison System. Without a doubt Dr. Clark committed Perjury.

On October 18, 2013 DeShon was found guilty of Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. There is no physical evidence connecting DeShon to the murders or the Solicitation to Commit Murder. DeShon did not murder anyone. DeShon never asked anyone to murder anybody. This is why the witnesses testimony, including Dr. Clark’s was so crucial in DeShon’s trial.

On December 16, 2013 DeShon was sentenced to Two Life Sentences plus 30 years. I chose not to attend DeShon’s sentencing. As a mother, I’d witnessed firsthand my child being railroaded by those in Leon County’s Judicial System—I witnessed their Evil.

State Prosecutor Jack Campbell filed a document with the court accusing me of having played a role in the Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder plot—a baseless accusation—just one of many tactics to intimidate me—yet, possible grounds to try to railroad me into Florida’s Prison System like they did to my son.

Days after my son’s sentencing I received a letter from Florida Department of Health Consumer Services Unit in response tm complaint against Dr. Clark which I’d mailed on December 5, 2013. Their response letter, which was dated December 17, 2013, is basically in support of Dr. Clark’s Perjured testimony. While the letter basically states that the information that I mailed does not support Dr. Clark having committed Perjury, the letter states information in the complaint remains confidential—“Florida law requires that all information in this complaint remain confidential.” (Please Click the Link to read the letter from Florida Department of Health)   DOH Rsp

The only documents included in my complaint against Dr. Clark are documents that prove Dr. Clark to be a LIAR—Dr. Clark’s own documents. Receiving this letter from DOH basically stating that evidence that can exonerate my son remain confidential—even after his conviction and sentencing—additionally supports my complaint against Dr. Clark as well as the corruption that has plagued DeShon’s case.

The letter also adds the Department of Health to have jumped on State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s bandwagon to railroad DeShon—an Innocent teenager—into Florida’s Prison System. Florida State Government Agency whose

The Department of Health has a Vision is to be the Healthiest State in the Nation—it’s Mission is to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts. Surely, their Vision or their Mission cannot be accomplished with Dr. Clark’s Perjured testimony going without consequences. Committing Perjury is a violation of the law. Furthermore, there is no protection for the community when Dr. Clark’s Perjured testimony leaves a cold-blooded murderer on the streets.

Mr. Armstrong and Governor Scott, it is your responsibility to uphold the integrity of Florida’s Government Agencies (DOH). I’m asking you to further investigate Dr. Clark’s Perjured testimony and apply the necessary consequences that will protect Florida citizens.

Thank you in advance for your attention regarding this matter.

Appreciatively,

Carissa Chambers

cc: DeShon Thomas

Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs: Will He Support State Prosecutor Emmett “Jack” Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin In Their Perjured Testimony to Convict A Former Tallahassee Community College Student of Double Murder and Solicitation To Commit Murder?

Published January 1, 2014 by MAUL10

Tallahassee, FL— Parents, are you prepared to handle law enforcement officers and other adults who hold positions in judicial authority to LIE on your kids while they’re away in college? Remember, your kid may be in an unfamiliar territory. Grant it—Not every college town has a forty-something year old State Prosecutor whose seventy-something year old dad is the local Sheriff—having over fifty years of active law enforcement with a stockpile of friends in high places.

Parents, are you prepared to pay the high cost of an out-of-town attorney because most of the local defense attorneys are also on the State of Florida’s payroll as Conflict-Free Attorneys—which may make you raise your eyebrows and question whether or not if the local attorney is practicing ethically? (Don’t depend on the Florida Bar for support.)

And lastly, Parents, while we teach our kids to view law enforcement officers and adults of authority as being trustworthy—remember—the State of Florida has a ton of more prisons that need to be filled than classrooms on college campuses. In the City of Tallahassee, most law enforcement officers want to go to football games on Friday and Saturday nights—they want to go fishing—hunting, etc. very few want to thoroughly investigate a criminal case—i.e. the case against DeShon Thomas, most recently the rape case allegations against Jamies Winston and the case that no one will ever forget—that of Rachel Hoffman. All of these case involved college students—all of these case could’ve had better results—if only law enforcement officers had simply taken the timeout to thoroughly investigate their cases—versus rushing to gain the spotlight or elude the spotlight.

Is it not a fact that every person is entitled to have access to an attorney? Is it not a fact that a defendant has the right to have all evidence that will be used against him or her to be fully disclosed to him or her in a timely manner? Is it not a fact that when a person contacts law enforcement then that person is the one seeking help in some form or fashion? If someone asks you to murder their spouse—and you contact law enforcement to report that person’s proposition—is law enforcement helping you or are you helping law enforcement? Let’s just say you’re helping each other. Now, how would one expect an experienced law enforcement officer or an experienced investigator to testify in court to explain to the jury regarding the investigation? Would you expect an experienced investigator to say—that you’re helping them, they’re helping you or as we worked together to build a case…?

First of all—State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and his dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell has the means to activate an underhanded/unethical plot to support their charges—prosecution—conviction. In State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas, not only did State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin (a.k.a Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier), drop a Huge bombshell of a LIE during an Evidentiary Hearing on August 19, 2013 about how/who initiated the Solicitation to Commit Murder investigation against Mr. Thomas—they tried to clean up their LIE during an Entrapment Hearing on October 7, 2013 and then they brought their LIES and a New LIE into the trial on October 16, 2013.

Originally, State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin reported that an anonymous complainant contacted him and told him that he (Inv. Newlin) needed to contact Leon County Jail inmate, Dawuan Williams… In the Evidentiary Hearing, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell boldly let it be known that he requested Inv. Newlin to go make contact with Dawuan Williams. Unable to get out of the quick sand that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had pushed him in—Inv. Newlin went on to testify that Dawuan Williams agreed to “help” them. Despite this revelation—Defense Regional Counsel Daren Shippy did not move to Impeach Inv. Newlin nor did Defense Regional Counsel Daren Shippy ever bring it up during the Entrapment Hearing or at trial. Inv. Newlin repeatedly stated, “Mr. Williams agreed to help us.” Inv. Newlin stated, “help us,” because all of the evidence presented clearly showed that they planned and plotted to have Mr. Thomas charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. Mr. Thomas pled Not Guilty to the charge. During trial there was a letter or two presented as well as recorded phone conversations between Mr. Williams and Mr. Thomas—clearly some of the recordings were redacted—even still—there was nothing presented that supported Mr. Thomas asking Mr. Williams to murder Mr. Ross. State Attorney Jack Campbell had his co-counsel read Mr. Thomas’ testimony that seems like a confession—however, if the testimony was read in its entirety—that is nowhere near a confession. Yes, tricks played in the courtroom—well—one must hear the testimony in its entirety. Either way—it doesn’t excuse Perjured testimony.

State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Investigator Newlin work directly under State Attorney Willie Meggs—so the questions is—was State Attorney Willie Meggs aware of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin’s underhanded plan/plot to entrap Mr. Thomas? If so—then that would make State Attorney Willie Meggs just as Big of a LIAR—as he (State Attorney Willie Meggs) was quoted on WCTV News website commenting about the case a couple of days after Mr. Thomas was charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder (showing support of the charge). If State Attorney Willie Meggs did not know about State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin’s inside plan/plot to build a Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder case against Mr. Thomas—then it is his (State Attorney Willie Meggs’) responsibility to take appropriate disciplinary action against them.

Conviction or no conviction—it is Never acceptable to LIE on court documents, to a judge or under oath—which are all of the same. If State Attorney Willie Meggs gives the “thumbs up” for his staff to give Perjured testimony—then what other violations of the law is he giving the thumbs up too? (Note: Perjured testimony committed by State Attorney Willie Meggs’ staff is not just a Mr. Thomas problem—it’s the entire 2nd Judicial Circuit problem.)

(Please Click on the Link to read complaints filed against State Prosecutor Emmett “Jack” Campbell and State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin)

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