Florida Governor and Florida Attorney General Have Their Hands Drenched in the Blood of Innocent Children—Will Your Child Be Next?

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.

 http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/2015/02/09/families-nightmare-chiles-killed-car-wreck/23153399/

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?

#FREEDESHONTHOMASNOW

California/ Florida: When Local Law Enforcement Officials Ignore Federal Law Enforcement Officials

Tallahassee, FL—Its has been reported that recently, a father and daughter taking a peaceful stroll on a pier in San Francisco turned into a tragic event when his daughter was shot in a random (possibly accidental) act. His daughter, 31-year-old, Kathryn Steinle, was hit with a bullet in her torso. Despite immediate efforts to save her, she died. The alleged shooter was identified as Francisco Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

According to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Mr. Sanchez had at least seven prior felony convictions and had been deported back to Mexico at least five times. The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement also reported that they (ICE) turned over Mr. Sanchez to local law enforcement officials on an outstanding warrant and had requested to be notified upon Mr. Sanchez’s release. Local law enforcement did not notify the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement of Mr. Sanchez’s release. Kathryn Steinle’s family is grieving their lost. http://abcnews.go.com/US/san-francisco-woman-shot-killed-strolling-pier-father/story?id=32210463

As reported, In November 2010, twenty-eight-year-old, Brandy Peters, along with her twin 6-year-old daughters and 3-year-old son, were found brutally murdered in their home in Tallahassee. Early on in the quadruple murder investigation, law enforcement officials received information about Ms. Peters possible involvement with major drug dealers and was possibly involved in other high stakes events involving other convicted felons that may have led to the murders of her and her family. However, in September 2011, law enforcement officials arrested the father of Ms. Peters’ son, Henry Segura, and charged him with the murders, stating, “Mr. Segura did not want to pay child support.” Mr. Segura is facing the Death Penalty.

Today, Mr. Segura has been sitting in the Leon County Jail for nearly four years waiting trial. According to reports, three weeks ago, on the eve of Mr. Segura’s scheduled upcoming trial, a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) located in Tallahassee, came forward and stated that over a year ago, she’d received a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation stating that DNA evidence belonging to a well-known drug dealer from Columbia, was a partial match of DNA located at the crime scene. The Columbian drug dealer had been released from custody in close proximity to the time of the murders. DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated that her supervisor told her not to move forward with the information. (It should also be noted that long time serving Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, Gerald Bailey, was fired from the FDLE in December 2014. Mr. Bailey’s firing possibly brought relief to FDLE employees—allowing them to come forward in cases where vital information had been suppressed.)

By the time Mr. Segura’s attorney, Chuck Hobbs, received the information regarding the Columbian drug dealer’s DNA being located at the crime scene, the Columbian drug dealer had been deported back to Columbia. Mr. Hobbs, who is representing Mr. Segura pro bono, was angry about this information being withheld from him. Mr. Hobbs and other defense attorneys may be seeking to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation open up an investigation into the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for purposely withholding vital information.

Mr. Hobbs had long asked the courts (former presiding judge Circuit Judge Mark Walker), to dismiss the prosecutor, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, but Mr. Hobbs’ request was denied. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Not only was Sheriff Campbell the overseer of the jail in which Mr. Segura was taken soon after his arrest and is currently residing, but Sheriff Campbell also was a former employee at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Sheriff Campbell and FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey worked together for years.

Many people believed it to be bias for State Attorney Willie Meggs to assign Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute cases in that which his dad, Sheriff Campbell either housed the defendants in the Leon County Jail and/or where Sheriff Campbell was the leading investigating agency. State Attorney Willie Meggs is responsible for six counties, the need to assign Jack Campbell as prosecutor on cases in Leon County, has proven to be disgustingly bias.

In December 2013, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received a complaint in regards to Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell, having filed court documents identifying a wealthy family, Don Odham, as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective and then assigning Don Odham to be lead detective on a double homicide case and actively working other cases. Don Odham, was never an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Don Odham had been provided with a badge, allowed to assume the position as a detective, both a crime scene and a homicide detective. Don Odham was used to get grand jury indictments and provided testimony in several controversial trials, along with other cases where both families of victims/and defendants believed corrupt actions led to injustice of their loved ones. Sheriff Campbell allowing Don Odham to “Impersonate a law enforcement officer” was clearly a “Breach of Public Trust.” Commissioner Gerald Bailey refused to investigate Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son.

In February 2015, Mr. Hobb’s filed court documents to obtain DNA from another possible suspect in the murders with Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, who replaced Circuit Judge Mark Walker as the presiding judge. In late April 2015, it was announced that Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford is being investigated by the Judicial Qualifications Commission on three counts of misconduct that occurred prior to being assigned to Mr. Segura’s case.

As reported, after learning of DNA being suppressed by the FDLE DNA analyst, Mr. Hobbs filed a Motion to Dismiss the quadruple murder charges against Mr. Segura. Mr. Hobbs called FDLE actions, “conscious, willful, and deliberate.”

www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2015/06/16/attorney-drop-murder-charges-lawyers-call-action/28805467

After hearing testimony from the supervisor of the DNA analyst at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the current presiding judge, Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, denied Mr. Hobbs’ motion, citing FDLE’s actions were “unintentional.”

Good Ole Boys? Local government officials against Federal government officials.

Communities need federal law enforcement officials to remind local law enforcement officials that they are not above the law—they are not an independent city or state. While it may be easy for local law enforcement officials to get caught up in their “power of authority” and lose sight of laws—the right things to do–the truth of the matter is, when local law enforcement officials ignore and/or downplay Federal law enforcement officials, regardless of the matter, results have proven to be tragic. The shooter of Ms. Kathryn Steinle is in jail. Where is the Columbian drug dealer?

#FREEHENRYSEGURA

#TALLAHASSEEONALERT

#FREEDESHONTHOMAS

#WHOMURDEREDFSUPROFESSORDANMARKEL

North Florida Judge Who Presided Over Death Penalty Case May Have Shown a Pattern of Misconduct

Tallahassee, FL—In June 2013, Second Judicial Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, a former Assistant State Attorney for Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, abruptly began presiding over the 2011 double murder and the 2012 solicitation to commit 1st degree murder case, of DeShon Thomas.

DeShon was seventeen-years-old when he was charged with Two Counts of First Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent in early 2011. DeShon plead Not Guilty. Second Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, the preside judge, was a former Assistant State Attorney for Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney for Willie Meggs and a former United States Assistant Attorney for the Department of Justice for Florida’s Northern District. State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute DeShon, whose case was in adult court. Assistant State Attorney/ Prosecutor Jack Campbell is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. The investigation of the double murder case was under the jurisdiction of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

DeShon’s pre-trial had been reset at least four times within sixteen months by motions filed by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. y DeShon’s defense attorney, Greg Cummings never objected. Circuit Judge Hankinson granted the all of the Motions for Continuances. One of the Motions for Continuance filed by State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was due to a conflict with Don Odham’s vacation plans. In the motion, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell states six reasons for the motion, the first four states: (1) The case has been set for trial for June 11, 2012. (2) An essential witness is Don Odham formerly of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. (3) Detective Odham was the lead detective in the case and conducted numerous interviews including those with the defendant. Furthermore, he collected items of evidence. (4)Detective Odham has now left the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and has a scheduled trip with his extended family during the month of June. Extricating him from this trip will cause a significant cost to him and his family.

Don Odham did play a significant role in DeShon’s double murder case. Don Odham searched and collected evidence at the crime scene. Don Odham signed the Miranda Waiver of Trentin Ross. Don Odham wrote in a case detective report that Trentin Ross had voluntarily provided him with incriminating statements pointing to DeShon as having committed the murders.  Don Odham signed the Complaint that was notarized by Leon County Sheriff Detective Dawn Dennis. Don Odham prepared and filed a Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause—State Prosecutor Jack Campbell approved the probable cause obtained the signature of County Judge Nina Ashenafi-Richarcdson in finding probable cause and issue an Arrest Warrant. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell replaced Leon County Sheriff Detective Melinda McBride and her team of veteran detectives with Don Odham—only after Detective McBride and other detectives began following up on other possible suspects—due to no significant statements or evidence pointing to DeShon as a suspect, let alone the murderer. Don Odham violated the civil rights of DeShon and his mother the day after the victims’ were found murdered. DeShon and his mother walked into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to give a voluntary statement. Don Odham took what was an innocent act of civility by DeShon and his mother, and turned it into a chaotic experience, fueled by racism and arrogance. Don Odham denied DeShon access to an attorney, held both DeShon and his mother against their will by locking them in an interview room, and these are just a few of the things that he did. After DeShon was charged with the murders, DeShon’s mother was not surprised to see that Don Odham was the lone-wolf driving the murder charges. However, DeShon’s mother was surprised to hear that Don Odham was never an employee with Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Don Odham was never officially “Detective Odham” as Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell had referred to him to the court, to the grand jury and to the public—the very people whom elected Larry Campbell to be their sheriff—to serve and protect them—Larry Campbell lied and deceived them. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell blatantly lied in order to have 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas, charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Don Odham was/is a wealthy businessman who was merely a friend of the Campbell’s. Don Odham owed no truths to Florida taxpayers.

DeShon’s defense attorney, Greg Cummings, did not disclose information about Don Odham to DeShon or the court. Mr. Cummings was paid nearly $30,000 of the $50,000 that he’d charged to represent DeShon. During the sixteen months that Greg Cummings was on DeShon’s case, Greg Cummings did not take any depositions or do anything to build a defense for DeShon. Mr. Cummings refused to discuss the victims’ autopsy reports with DeShon. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to make the victims’ autopsy report public record, they were kept confidential. In August 2012 Greg Cummings was fired. Immediately following Greg Cummings firing, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that DeShon was being charged with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder—the target was said to be Trentin Ross. The arrest warrant had been handed down by Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson. DeShon plead not guilty.

In April 2013, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy was court appointed as DeShon’s attorney. Daren Shippy immediately filed a Motion to Withdraw, but Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson denied the motion. After learning of Circuit Judge Hankinson’s previous acts of deception to the court and to DeShon, DeShon’s mother contacted Governor Rick Scott and State Attorney General Pam Bondi. Immediately, Circuit Judge Hankinson was replaced with Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford had previously worked together as Assistant State Attorneys under State Attorney Willie Meggs.

During DeShon’s evidentiary hearing, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell told Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford that he had instructed State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin to make the necessary arrangements to have DeShon charged with solicitation to commit 1st degree murder. State Attorney Jack Campbell also ordered Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford as to how to conduct court proceedings. DeShon’s court appointed attorney, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy, who is a Circuit Director under Florida’s 1st District Regional Counsel Jeffery E. Lewis, along with Lead Public Defender Nancy Daniels, stood idle and witnessed Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford accept instruction from State Prosecutor Jack Campbell.

Nearly three years after DeShon had been charged with the murders and possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent, and a little over a year after he’d been charged with solicitation to commit 1st degree murder, DeShon went on trial. During his trial, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell presented Don Odham to the jury as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. Regional Counsel Daren Shippy’s malicious act of betrayal to DeShon was disgusting. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford allowed Don Odham’s testimony to be heard before the jury. Three Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives committed perjury to cover up Don Odham’s actions. There was no physical, circumstantial or material evidence against DeShon. On October 18, 2013, it was announced that the jury had convicted DeShon on Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. (In August 2013, Regional Counsel Daren Shippy had filed a Motion to Severe the Possession of a Firearm charge.)

On December 17, 2013, after DeShon had been instructed to do so by Regional Counsel Daren Shippy, DeShon entered a plea of No Contest to the Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent charge. Also, on December 17, 2013, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford sentenced DeShon to Two Life Sentences plus 30 years. DeShon was sentenced to 10 years for the Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent—this sentence was set to run concurrent with the others.

The victims in the murder case were twenty-year-old, Laqecia Herring, and her brother, 17-year-old, Sterling Conner Jr. At the time of Laqecia’s murder, she was five months pregnant. Laqecia and DeShon had previously dated for six weeks but had ended their relationships three months prior to the murders. Although Laqecia had told DeShon and his mother that DeShon was the father of her unborn baby, after the murders, detectives learned that Laqecia’s boyfriend at the time of her death had believed that he was the father of Laqecia’s unborn baby. The boyfriend had previously dated Laqecia for over a year before the brief break in their relationship, at which time Laqecia had dated DeShon. There were numerous of suspects that had been named by the victims’ relatives—DeShon was not one of them. Greg Cummings told both DeShon and his mother that had Laqecia been a week or two further into her pregnancy, DeShon would’ve been charged with the murder of her unborn baby (Three Counts of 1st Degree Murder). Also, if DeShon had been eighteen-years-old when the murders occurred, DeShon would’ve been facing Florida’s Death Penalty. Greg Cummings told DeShon and his mother these horrible things and then Greg Cummings preyed on DeShon and his mother (a single mother with four kids). Greg Cummings collected her money—knowing that DeShon had been falsely arrested and knowing that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was building a double murder case and a possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent case against DeShon on the use of a “Fake Cop” and a bunch of lies and liars. And all of the court-appointed attorneys that followed Greg Cummings continued to play the same games.

In February 2012, Henry Segura’s attorney, Chuck Hobbs, filed a motion with the court arguing that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell be dismissed as lead prosecutor in the capital case of his client. Mr. Hobbs’ client, Henry Segura, was charged in the 2010 of the brutal quadruple murder of a twenty-seven year-old mother and her three children. Mr. Hobbs, along with other Tallahassee defense attorneys, believed it to be prejudice for State Attorney Willie Meggs to assign Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute cases where the defendants were being held in the Leon County Jail—the jail in which Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, was the overseer. (State Attorney Willie Meggs represents six counties.) At the time of Mr. Hobbs filing the motion, Circuit Judge Mark E. Walker was presiding over Mr. Segura’s case. Later that same year, in December, Circuit Judge Mark E. Walker was sworn in as a Federal Judge for United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was not removed from Mr. Segura’s case.

More than two years later, in March 2014, Mr. Hobbs filed a motion asking the court to collect and analyze DNA from a possible suspect. The presiding judge on the case was Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. Once again, Circuit Judge Fulford and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell were working together—this time on a Death Penalty case.

A year later, in April 2015, it was announced that Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford was under investigation by the Judicial Qualifications Commission for three counts of misconduct. At least one of the counts of misconduct occurred prior to Circuit Judge Fulford having abruptly replaced Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson in the case against 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas.

On or about June 12, 2015, two months after Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford fell under investigation, Mr. Segura’s attorney, Mr. Hobbs, learned that a crime lab analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), was ordered by her supervisor to disregard DNA evidence findings by the FBI in regards to DNA found at the crime scene which was a partial match to a convict already in the database. Mr. Segura’s trial, which is now being presided over by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, has once again been postponed. Mr. Segura has been in the Leon County Jail for nearly four years awaiting trial.

Two years ago, in April 2013, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Defense Attorney Greg Cummings argued the case of Elijah James. In 2010, Elijah James was charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell oversaw the murder investigation. Circuit Judge James Hankinson presided over the case. Greg Cummings, who is a private attorney, is also registered with the State of Florida’s Department of General Counsel as a Conflict Attorney. Greg Cummings was court-appointed to Mr. James’ case. Mr. James’ case was considered to be a high profile case because Mr. James’ case was the first murder case in Tallahassee to be tried without a body.

According to court records, Greg Cummings was court appointed to Mr. Elijah James’ case in March 2011. Soon thereafter, Greg Cummings contacted DeShon’s mother begging her to hire him (in which was just one of many previous phone calls). Needless to say DeShon’s mother hired Greg Cummings. While Greg Cummings, along with State Prosecutor Jack Campbell and Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson were showing dotted I’s and crossed T’s in Mr. James’ case, they were performing like the Three Stooges in DeShon Thomas’ case. Reports have stated that if detectives would’ve located the body of Mr. James’ ex-girlfriend, then Mr. James’ case would’ve easily been a Death Penalty case—with or without physical evidence. Subsequently, Mr. James was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The judicial structure in Tallahassee (Leon County) is terribly flawed. When a judge who has the power to sentence people to Life in Prison or to the Death Penalty (Florida’s Death Row) is being questioned about having shown a “Pattern of Misconduct”, that is highly disturbing. There’s no justice for the victims’ families or communities in Florida. We have all witnessed that wrongful convictions and innocent people being put to death only adds pain to the victims’ families, as well as the families of the wrongful convicted. Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford began to show misconduct before she was assigned to preside over DeShon Thomas’ cases and Henry Segura’s case. Now, what was the purpose of recycling this already ill-minded judge?

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