Tallahassee, FL—Botched this! Botched that! Botched this and that! Lies here. Attempted cover-ups over there. So many things happening in Tallahassee seemingly NO ONE involved in protecting Florida citizens—especially Tallahasseans can be trusted. The bigger question is, “Who is protecting the citizens from criminals, when those in office are committing crimes?” Criminals protecting criminals. So many incidents that have occurred under Florida Governor Rick Scott and State Attorney Willie Meggs were “Botched.” Governor Scott and State Attorney Willie Meggs have repeatedly had to go in front of the camera and explain themselves or situations that did not go accordingly. Now, Governor Scott wants Floridians to pay nearly one million dollars for his criminal acts. And Governor Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and State Attorney Willie Meggs wants DeShon Thomas, who was 17-years-old when he was forced into the adult Criminal Justice System, to spend the rest of his life in prison for crimes that he didn’t commit—a judicial process that State Attorney Willie Meggs and others without a doubt LIED to a grand jury in order to get an Indictment.
Beginning in late 2011, and over the next two years, the mother of seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas reached out to Governor Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi in regards to violations of laws that were occurring in State Attorney Willie Meggs’ office. At that time, DeShon’s mother was not aware of Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi having been accused of some of the same violations that State Attorney Willie Meggs’ was violating. Particularly, fraud and public records law violations.
On February 7, 2011, 17-year-old, Black male, Tallahassee Community College freshman, DeShon Thomas was charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. The victims in the case were DeShon’s ex-girlfriend, Laqecia Herring, and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr. At the time of their murders, Laqecia, already a mother of a toddler was about five months pregnant, and her brother Sterling was suffering with Bipolar disorder. Both of the young victims were in debt to others in an excess of more than $700 combined. On the day that the victims were found murdered, the two victims and their mother were planning on moving away from Tallahassee without settling their debts. There was a post on Facebook stating that a “Hit” had been put out on the female victim. Instead of the victims’ mother coming home to leave with her children, the victims’ mother discovered her two children deceased during the mid-morning hours on January 27, 2011. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigating agency.
Within hours DeShon was under the microscope—and then under surveillance by a team of Leon County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies led by Lead Detective Melinda McBride. Soon, DeShon and his co-worker, Trentin Ross, were being questioned by Det. McBride and her team. DeShon and Trentin remained on Lead Detective McBride and her teams thumb for at least a week. There was no physical or circumstantial evidence—no motive and no one having named DeShon as the murderer—Detective McBride and her team began investigating other leads. The Leon County Sheriff’s Discovery Report shows that the same day Detective McBride and others began concluding their investigation of DeShon as not being linked to the murders, Don Odham a.k.a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham, claimed to have gotten incriminating statements about DeShon as being the murderer.
On February 7, 2011, presented an Incident report—the criminal Complaint, the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause Report were signed by Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham. The Complaint was notarized by Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Dawn Dennis. The Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause Report were approved by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell replaced Detective McBride and her team with Detective Don Odham—as Lead Detective.
On March 10, 2011, DeShon was additionally charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. Although no murder weapon was located, both the Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, the father of Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, and State Attorney Willie Meggs felt comfortable with the additional charge. Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman received an Indictment by a grand jury against DeShon for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent. State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute the case against DeShon.
With the father/son legal team being run and operated by taxpayer dollars, both private and court appointed attorneys refused to represent DeShon competently.
As the years proceeded, and DeShon’s various attorneys, both private and court appointed, seemed not to want to place vital documents such as the victims’ autopsy reports and DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records into public record, DeShon’s mother reached out to Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi. No one from the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office arrived at the crime scene. Dr. Anthony Clark perform the autopsies the next day—noting that he used photos and reports provided to him by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to assist him with both victims’ reports. When DeShon’s mother consulted with another Medical Examiner’s Office, she learned that the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office had the reports. After numerous calls for more than a year to the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office in that DeShon’s mother has documented in her cell phone records, the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office repeatedly told DeShon’s mother that they could not release the records because the State Attorney’s Office would not allow them to do so. DeShon was the only one being charged with the murders. According to Florida Statutes, not allowing the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to release the victims’ autopsy reports is a violation of public records law.
DeShon’s case finally went to trial on October 14, 2013, nearly three years after he was charged. It was during Don Odham’s testimony as to when DeShon and his mother learned that Leon County Sheriff Detective Don Odham was NEVER an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Therefore, the criminal Complaint, the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause Report—and every document that was presented to the Grand Jury naming Don Odham as a “Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham” is a fraudulent document. And there plenty of more criminal offenses coming straight out of State Attorney Willie Meggs’ and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi may have chosen not to address State Attorney Willie Meggs, which may be why State Attorney Willie Meggs will not prosecute Governor Scott—BACKSCRATCHERS.
In November 2014, Represent.us, and the citizens of Tallahassee voted 67% to end corruption in their city. The failure of State Attorney Willie Meggs refusing to prosecute Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi is slap in the face to Tallahasseans and the rest of Floridians.. The failure for Governor Scott and Attorney General Bondi to prosecute State Attorney Willie Meggs is also a slap in the face to Tallahasseans and the rest of Floridians.
DeShon is INNOCENT. And those in office to protect ALL Floridians have chosen to allow a cold-blooded murderer or murders to roam the streets, than to protect EVERYONE.