Tallahassee, FL—On January 27, 2011, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Wolf Creek Subdivision in regards to a mother returning home and finding her 20-year-old daughter, Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old son, Sterling Conner Jr. deceased. Both victims were found in the livingroom of their two-story townhome located in southwest Tallahassee. As a standard protocol, the crime scene was roped off as officials conducted their investigation.
Several officials with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office reported Detective Don Odham as to having located the Laqecia’s cell phone in an upstairs bedroom tucked between a wall and a mattress. In Detective Don Odham own reporting, Don Odham notes that he, himself located Laqecia’s cell phone. There is an evidence form filled out by Detective Don Odham logging Laqecia’s cell phone into evidence. So why then, during trial, did State Prosecutor Jack Campbell ask Leon County Sheriff Sergeant Brian Pearson, if he’d located a cell phone at the crime scene? And why then, did Sergeant Brian Pearson answer, “Yes”?
Detective Don Odham drafted the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause charging 17-year-old DeShon Thomas with murdering Laqecia and Sterling. DeShon Thomas pled INNOCENT! Detective Don Odham signed the Complaint charging DeShon with murders. Without Detective Don Odham’s reports and documents, Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappelman would not have been able to get a Grand Jury Indictment against DeShon on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Detective Don Odham played a HUGE role in DeShon being charged with the murders. So again, why then, did Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell’s son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, who approved the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause report that Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham drafted and filed—why during DeShon Thomas’ trial, did State Prosecutor Jack Campbell ask Leon County Sheriff Sergeant Brian Pearson, if he’d located a cell phone at the crime scene? And in turn, Sergeant Brian Pearson answered, Yes.
Had Sergeant Brian Pearson answered, no, to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s question about the cell phone, then DeShon Thomas’ case would’ve been exonerated. Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham set the foundation for 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas, to be charged with Two Counts of Degree Murder. The truth of the matter is Don Odham NEVER worked for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Don Odham was a family friend to both Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. Had Leon County Sheriff Sergeant Brian Pearson answered, no, to State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s question about the cell phone, then the deception of Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell would’ve been exposed. Sheriff Larry Campbell allowing a non-employee to impersonate a Crime Scene Detective is illegal. Chief Assistant Georgia Cappleman would not have gotten the Grand Jury to Indict DeShon Thomas using the reports and documents from a “Fake Cop”.
Was it smart for State Attorney Willie Meggs to assign Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell as prosecutor on cases where his dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, was the leader of investigating team? Some Leon County Sheriff’s Officials have retired drawing six-figure salaries. So for those who want big pay checks, the decision becomes LIE or patrol parades.
Unfortunately, money fuels corruption in a judicial system that claims a person is Innocent until proven Guilty. DeShon Thomas’ mother paid a local defense attorney named, Greg Cummings, nearly $30,000 to represent DeShon. No way does DeShon’s mother have as much money and resources as The Leon County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office met with Walter Cole Rayborn and Dawuan Williams, prior to DeShon’s trial.The meeting was to entrap DeShon in a Solicitation to Commit Murder plot against Trentin Ross. Greg Cummings was DeShon’s attorney at the time of the entrapment. However, Greg Cummings had heard that DeShon’s mother was looking to replace him. Greg Cummings got that information from other attorneys whom DeShon’s mother had been consulting. Greg Cummings was fired for a number of reasons—failure to disclose information, failure to communicate, etc. Neither Greg Cummings or DeShon’s court appointed attorneys would accept DeShon’s mother’s offer to hire a private investigator to assist on the case. Nobody whose paycheck came from Florida taxpayers was interested in DeShon Thomas receiving a fair and just trial. Even Greg Cummings, who was registered with the Regional Conflict Counsel’s office, double as a private and public attorney—so he too received a paycheck from Florida taxpayers on a more than regular basis. The presiding judge, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, was a former Assistant State Attorney for State Attorney Willie Meggs, as well as an Assistant U.S. State Attorney for Florida’s 1st District Department of Justice located in Tallahassee. After two years as the presiding judge, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson was replaced with Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. Again, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was a former Assistant State Attorney for State Attorney Willie Meggs. In addition, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was a former co-worker of State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. Instead of the two circuit judges presiding ethically and lawfully, they chose to violate DeShon’s basic U.S. Constitutional Rights. For nearly three years, DeShon’s judicial proceedings were more like DeShon Thomas and his family vs. The Blue Wall of Silence. DeShon is INNOCENT.
Don Odham should have NEVER been allowed to impersonate a law enforcement officer. DeShon Thomas’ case was not the only case that Don Odham was allowed to act as both crime scene detective and detective. However, it is believed that DeShon Thomas’ case was the only case in where Sheriff Larry Campbell replaced Lead Detective Melinda McBride and her team of veteran detectives, and assigned Don Odham as Lead Detective making Don Odham the 2nd Lead Detective. It is noted that other detectives and deputies who were working on the investigation case quickly backed away from Don Odham, not having or wanting anything to do with him at all. Some deputies even calling Don Odham a “Disgrace.”
On the TV One popular show Fatal Attraction, Don Odham is shown entering into an Interrogation room on February 4, 2011. Don Odham is in the room with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s key witness, Trentin Ross. Don Odham in the Interrogation Room underscores how Don Odham was allowed to Impersonate a detective.
During DeShon’s trial, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and DeShon’s defense attorney, Regional Counsel Director Daren Shippy when questioning witnesses referred to Don Odham as Detective Odham. However, when Don Odham was on the witness stand, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell labeled Don Odham as a Reserve Deputy—a volunteer. According to the Florida County Sheriff’s Association, there is a guideline that Reserve Deputy’s must follow and Reserve Deputies are limited to what they can and cannot do. They must be in official uniform and they may not work as detectives. “Reserve Deputies are to augment full-time law enforcement officials”—not replace full-time deputies working criminal cases. As shown in pictures taken at the crime scene and on the T.V. show, Don Odham is dressed in plain clothes—depicting a detective.
Also, during DeShon Thomas’ trial, Don Odham, a wealthy businessman, would not allow his pride to be tarnished. Don Odham NEVER acknowledged being a volunteer deputy. Instead, when asked by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell about being a Reserve Deputy, Don Odham skirted over the question—and then told jurors that he’d been assigned his own patrol car, blah, blah, blah. During DeShon’s trial, Don Odham was limited to “Monkey listen, Monkey Say,” status.
While Don Odham may have debuted in Fatal Attraction: Crippled by Blood, Don Odham is no Don Johnson. Don Johnson’s smile is priceless. The only image viewer’s got of Don Odham was the top of his balding head. Don Johnson got paid for his role in the hit series Miami Vice. Don Odham got a group of people to commit criminal acts and Bully an INNOCENT child into prison. Don Odham will NEVER be a bigger man than DeShon Thomas. Never!