Tallahassee, FL—In early 2011, Assistant State Attorney Eric Trombley 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.
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—yet, 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 hisinside 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.