Tallahassee, FL—How loud must Florida parents scream to receive justice for their children? How many letters must parents write to Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi pleading for them to intervene in the abusive, unethical and unlawful practices being inflicted on their children at the hands of law enforcement and judicial officials?
Government officials ask Floridians to inform them of any suspicious or possible terrorist plots or activities. The majority of Floridians will answer the call to protect their state. So who can Floridians rely on to protect them when law enforcement and judicial officials are the terrorists? Who are Floridians supposed to inform when officials plot/conspire and interact with citizens, jail/and or prison inmates, judges and attorneys to plot against innocent people—including innocent children?
Government officials, especially elected officials, are supposed to perform their jobs in a professional manner—well above jobs on an average level. Government officials are paid by all taxpayers—regardless of political party affiliation. No matter who can bring the most money to the table and pull the most strings, it is not for government officials to blatantly ignore the needs of taxpayers while in office. (Not everyone voted for Rick Scott and Pam Bondi, but they are Florida’s leaders.)
Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, both Republicans, have mastered ignoring the needs of Floridians. Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi were informed years ago in regards to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office mishandling of crime scene investigations, and how the 2nd Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office had filed documents with the courts knowing that the documents contained false information, and how 2nd Circuit Judges violated defendants Constitutional Rights to due process. Governor Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi chose not to do anything to protect Floridians.
In October 2012, Ms. Frankie Fudge and her attorney reached out to Governor Rick Scott seeking some form of intervention in regards to the traffic investigation that led to the death of her 13-year-old daughter, Darrielle Copeland. By all accounts, Darielle’s mother’s letter, along with documents, showed that the horrific traffic crash investigation that claimed the life of her precious baby, Darrielle, was mishandled by the Tallahassee Police Department, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, possibly the Florida Highway Patrol and ultimately State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office. The woman who caused the traffic accident is the wife of a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy (a co-worker of Willie Meggs’ son). According to Darrielle’s mother, the woman “barreled through a red light.” The woman was not held liable for Darrielle’s death. Darrielle’s mother was left feeling empty. Darrielle’s family is still fighting for some form of justice.
Between late 2011 and late 2013, the mother of DeShon Thomas contacted Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi hoping to get a special prosecutor or some form of intervention in the judicial proceedings in Leon County where State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had been assigned by State Attorney Willie Meggs to prosecute her son, 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas. When DeShon’s mother contacted Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi, DeShon had been arrested and charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. (DeShon is innocent!) Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, the dad of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, had jurisdiction over the double homicide investigation and also was the overseer of the Leon County Jail where DeShon Thomas was being held while awaiting trial. In the letter(s) that DeShon’s mother sent to Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi, DeShon’s mother outlined the severe mishandling of the double murder investigation (mainly at the crime scene). Also, DeShon’s mother tells about the one private paid defense attorney (whom was fired) after having been on DeShon’s case for over a year and despite having been paid thousands of dollars, the attorney, Greg Cummings, never deposed a single witness on DeShon’s behalf. Following Mr. Cummings’ firing were two court-appointed defense attorneys. (There were a total of four court-appointed defense attorneys assigned to DeShon’s case in a three year period none of them deposed witnesses to build a defense for DeShon. And they all filed Motions to Withdraw.) Clearly, they were being pulled in to conspire with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson to have DeShon convicted. Instead of bringing some form of competence into the bias judicial proceedings, Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi kicked the can back to DeShon’s mother. Attorney General Bondi advised DeShon’s mother to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Meanwhile, as DeShon continued to sit in the Leon County Jail, Circuit Judge Charles Dodson and Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson continued to hinder DeShon’s case from proceeding to trial. Circuit Judge Dodson and Circuit Judge Hankinson’s intentional delays bought State Prosecutor Jack Campbell time to gather a team to help build a Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder case against DeShon. In doing so, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell instructed State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin to go to the Leon County Jail to meet with inmate, Dawuan Williams. At the time, twenty-seven year-old, Dawuan Williams had been in the Leon County Jail for two months on two bank robbery charges. Dawuan Williams was released from jail immediately following the first meeting between State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin. Soon thereafter, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, along with State Attorney Jason Newlin instructed Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronald O’Brien to smuggle contraband into the Leon County Jail. The contraband (a written gang coded letter from Dawuan Williams to DeShon) was placed where processed mail is placed so that the unsuspecting Correctional Officer on the POD in that DeShon was housed, will deliver the letter to DeShon during regular mail call. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s familiarity of the Leon County Jail and the jail’s standard of operations, provided for the direction of where Deputy O’Brien was supposed to put the letter (Deputy O’Brien did not work in the jail).
In the probable cause for Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder, State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin states that on July 10, 2012, he (Newlin) had received a call from an attorney named John Kelly, who informed him that his (Kelly) client, Walter Cole Rayborn, who was a Trustee at the Leon County Jail, may have information that will save someone’s life—saying that Walter Cole Rayborn had hand received five hand written letters from DeShon. Walter Cole Rayborn never gave a deposition or provided trial testimony. There is absolutely nothing in DeShon’s court records that will show where any of DeShon’s court appointed attorneys reached out to speak with Walter Cole Rayborn in any form or fashion. According to Walter Cole Rayborn’s court documents, Walter Cole Rayborn, was a convicted felon, who should have been in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections (in prison) during the time of his attorney, John Kelly, reporting that Walter Cole Rayborn was serving as a Trustee at the Leon County Jail.
DeShon never asked Dawaun Williams to murder anyone. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell took a phone conversation that DeShon and Dawaun Williams were clearly having about the rapper “Rick Ross” and misconstrued it—redacted the voice recording—yet, and still DeShon never instructed or asked Dawuan Williams to murder Trentin Ross. For Dawuan Williams’ cooperation with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, Dawuan Williams was immediately released from jail and given money by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office. Instead of Walter Cole Rayborn being turned over to the Florida Department of Corrections and being put in prison, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and his dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, along with others within the judicial system allowed Walter Cole Rayborn to serve as a Trustee at the Leon County Jail and possibly serve as a jailhouse snitch whenever needed—Completely eliminating the use of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Jail’s Gang Task Force.
In less than six months after Dawuan Williams was released from the Leon County Jail, Dawuan Williams became desperate for money. In late 2012, Dawuan Williams was arrested in Gadsden County for Home Invasion Robbery, Kidnapping, and a list of other charges.
In March 2013, not long after Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson denied Regional Counsel Daren Shippy’s Motion to Withdraw from DeShon’s case, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford began presiding over DeShon’s case. (Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford coming on to the case was like replacing a round peg with round peg.)
In October 2013, perjured testimony by the medical examiner, Dr. Anthony Clark, law enforcement officials and others, including a fake cop, Don Odham, led to DeShon being found guilty on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. The jury was not polled. (Considering all of the corruption that had defeated him for nearly three years, DeShon plead no contest to Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent which had been severed from the other charges.) While DeShon was preparing to go into the Department of Corrections on a wrongful conviction, Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi continued smiling for their friends in order to bring in money for the Republican Party. Governor Scott wasted no time attending a fundraiser that was hosted by GEO Group, the owner of private prisons in Florida.
Unaddressed problems don’t just go away—they grow, and grow and grow…
In early February 2015, during the mid-morning hours, fourteen-year-old, Ansley Rayborn was one of five passengers in a Chevy Tahoe that was being driven by a 15-year-old boy. Reports state that after the boy had lost control of the Tahoe, the Tahoe rolled over and crash in a ditch. Ansley was ejected. Ansley died at the scene of the accident. The other kids suffered minor injuries. In the days following the crash, several media outlets reported that liquor bottles and drug paraphernalia was located at the scene of the accident.
In a heartwarming article published in the Tallahassee Demorcrat by reporter Sean Rossman, titled, ‘A Family’s nightmare: Chiles fresman killed in car wreck,’ Mr. Rossman tells the story of Ansley Rayborn’s parents during the moments leading up to their daughter’s death and the aftermath that their family is experiencing. In part, Mr. Sean Rayborn, Ansley’s dad, tells how when he arrived at the scene, he saw a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy that he knows on a first name basis. Mr. Rayborn says that the deputy gives him a “bear hug” and informs him of Ansley’s death. Mr. Rayborn goes on to state how he saw a pink blanket on the ground that was covering his daughter’s body, and how he went to where his daughter’s body lay and he lay on the ground beside her. Mr. Rayborn states that the deputy joined him on the ground.
While the article is very heartwarming, Mr. Sean Rayborn’s accounts upon arriving at the crime scene is probably why State Attorney Willie Meggs has not filed charges against the 15-year-old driver of the Chevy Tahoe.
Let’s face it—victims’ families are not the only ones who hurt and feel pain when crimes are committed—whether crimes are committed by accident or deliberate. The victims’ families are not the only ones who suffer the lost of a loved one(s). The families of defendants hurt and feel pain too. And in some cases, the defendant themselves hurt—especially the innocent defendants.
In most criminal and civil cases, it is the job of the attorney to represent their client’s best interest. (Although this was not so in DeShon Thomas’ case). An attorney representing his client (the defendant) in a traffic accident such as Ansley Rayborn, will rely heavily on the investigation of the crime scene—the site of the crash. In Ansley death, the defendant is not just the 15-year-old boy. The defendants are insurance companies—auto insurance, homeowners insurance, property insurance, medical insurance, life insurance, etc. And all of these companies have attorneys—these insurance companies are co-defendants. And their attorneys will strive to protect their clients. While Mr. Sean Rayborn may have innocently gone to lay on the ground next to his daughter’s lifeless body, joined by a friendly Deputy Sheriff, in the eyes of attorneys representing insurance companies and attorneys for any of the kids and their families—Mr. Sean Rayborn and that Deputy Sheriff contaminated the crime scene—botched the investigation. When that Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and saw that a Chevy Tahoe had rolled over, saw that there was a young dead girl on the ground, saw that liquor bottles and/ or signs of drugs and alcohol were near the Chevy Tahoe—that deputy’s job at that point was to recognize that the scene was not just the scene of an accident—it was the scene of a crime. All of those involved were under the age of 21. The deputy’s job was to secure the crime scene—regardless of any personal connection that the deputy had with the victim’s father. It is every parent’s worse nightmare to lose their child—let alone arrive at a scene and see their child’s lifeless body on the ground. However, when children are victims of an accident or a crime, “Cooler heads” must prevail. The “Cooler heads” are experienced law enforcement officers. It is the job of law enforcement officers to inform grieving parents that if they have any hope of getting answers to any questions that they will have, an investigation must be conducted thoroughly and properly. In such, the parent should not go anywhere onto the crime scene. Any competent lawyer will tell a jury that it is impossible for any crime scene detective to testify that a grieving parent and a sheriff’s deputy did not contaminate the crime scene once they entered onto the crime scene—specifically by laying on the ground next to the deceased child. Loose items such as bottle caps, drug herbs and so forth—when combined with dirt will stick to clothes, bare skin and shoes. These items could’ve easily been brought onto the crime scene or taken away from the crime scene or relocated at the crime scene—the bottom-line—the deputy’s actions were incompetent.
Injustice is not justice.
Unintentionally, Mr. Sean Rayborn gave weight to what so many families have been yelling about for too many years—law enforcement officials in Tallahassee botch crime scenes. Whether they botch these crime scenes intentionally or by mistake or due to lack of experience, it’s a proven fact that crime scenes are botched by law enforcement officials. And when Tallahassee law enforcement agencies receive lab reports from outside agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, they pick and choose which lab report to go include in the Discovery Report. If the lab reports favor the defendant, the lab reports are not provided as part of the Discovery. As in the recent case of Henry Segura.
As reported, Mr. Segura has been in the Leon County Jail for nearly four years awaiting trial on quadruple murder. Mr. Segura is facing the death penalty. A month before Mr. Segura’s scheduled trial date, there was a change of the judge. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, who had replaced Circuit Judge Mark E. Walker was replaced by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis. (As mentioned earlier in this article, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford is currently being investigated by the Judicial Qualifications Commission.) Again, approximately two weeks before Mr. Segura’s scheduled trial date, Mr. Segura’s attorney, Chuck Hobbs, received information about a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had received information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in regards to DNA evidence that could prove to be used as exculpatory evidence. The DNA analyst stated that years earlier, when she originally received the information from the FBI, she was told by her supervisor not to pass the information on.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Tallahassee Police Department have an extensive history of botching crime scene investigations that often led to State Attorney Willie Meggs’ inability to prosecute cases that should be prosecuted. There are many convictions that have been processed without having any physical evidence against the defendant, mostly murders. All murders cannot possibly be clean murders—not leaving a single trace of physical evidence. In separate cases, two 17-year-old Black boys were convicted of Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. Neither case yielded any physical evidence against the boys.
In November 2014, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith and another deputy were ambushed by a single man who reportedly had warned law enforcement officials that he would shoot any law enforcement official who came near his home. According to reports, Leon County Sheriff Sergeant Wiley Meggs, the son of State Attorney Willie Meggs, did not verbally inform other deputies about the warning. Within weeks afterward, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith was responding to a call about the man’s home being on fire. Upon Deputy Chris Smith arriving at the man’s home, Deputy Chris Smith was killed. Deputy Chris Smith did not realize that he was entering into a death trap.
Most recently, on July 5, 2015, two young men were found murdered in an apartment in Tallahassee. Reports state that the young men, 21-year-old, Cornellius Poole, and 22-year-old, Lance Love, were found in a bathtub—they’d been bound and shot execution style. Their murderer attempted to set the apartment on fire but there was only a lot of smoke—no flames. The Tallahassee Police Department has jurisdiction over the double homicide case. Police have stated that they believe that money was the motive, stating that the victims had been robbed.
On July 8, 2015, just three days after the victims were found murdered an arrest was made in the neighboring city of Quincy (Gadsden County). The Tallahassee Police Department arrested 21-year-old, Walter Cole Rayborn, and charged him with two counts of murder, robbery and other charges.
Court records show that both Walter Cole Rayborn and Dawuan Williams had been comforted and protected by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, and State Attorney Willie Meggs. Both Walter Cole Rayborn and Dawuan Williams have proved that despite having their connection with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, they will continue to commit crimes in order to get money. While Walter Cole Rayborn deserves his day in court, the citizens of Tallahassee deserve to know that criminals are being provided with finances and favoritism by elected officials.
Officials in Tallahassee do not follow any ethical and lawful standards. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, a former Assistant State Attorney for Willie Meggs, is representing a “Culture of EVIL” that she’s become accustom to. Although none of the counts of misconduct in that she’s being investigated are in regards to DeShon Thomas’ case, at least one of the counts occurred prior to Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford presiding on DeShon Thomas’ case. And all of them occurred before Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford began presiding on Henry Segura’s case. (State Prosecutor Jack Campbell is prosecuting the Henry Segura case).
The Florida Bar, the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other agencies have chosen to ignore complaints against those individuals who have sworn to protect Florida citizens. These agencies who are following the poor example of the leadership set by Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi have tremendously failed Floridians.
Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi closing their ears to families who are being terrorized by law enforcement and judicial officials, have further opened the gates to allow the blood of innocent children to pour out into communities all over Tallahassee. Leaving families lost, confused and without justice. Families who were providing console, following injustice acts, are quickly finding themselves having to be consoled.
Will your family be the next?