Black Man Facing Death Penalty still in Leon County Jail–Nearly a Half-Decade Without Physical Evidence Linking Him to Crimes Charged

Tallahassee, FL—On February 2, 2011, the mother of DeShon Thomas thought it was ridiculous when Leon County Judge Robert Wheeler granted State Prosecutor Crews’ order to have DeShon placed on GPS monitoring just because the Leon County Sheriff’s Office “believed” that DeShon maybe a suspect in a double homicide case. At the time of DeShon going before Leon County Judge Robert Wheeler in adult court, DeShon was 17-years-old and had been charged by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office with cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was during the execution of a search warrant for firearms by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on 21-year-old Trentin Ross’ one-bedroom apartment as to when detective located five pots of soil with marijuana stems sprouting from them in the bedroom closet of Trentin Ross. In a temporary living arrangement, Trentin Ross had been allowing DeShon to sleep on his couch. Both Trentin Ross and DeShon worked at a Taco Bell near Trentin Ross’ apartment. In the Summary of Offense for Cultivation of Marijuana and Probable Cause Affidavit, it was stated that Trentin Ross did not know how the plants got in his bedroom closet—but he (Ross) watered the plants, turned the lights on over the plants and cared for the plants. DeShon appeared in juvenile court three times before Circuit Judge Gievers found probable cause to be sufficient. At said time—State Prosecutor Eric Trombley direct filed to have DeShon charged as an adult. (DeShon’s went in front of Judge Robert Wheeler via video for his first appearance. DeShon was never officially placed on GPS because DeShon was charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder before he could bond out of the Leon County Jail.) DeShon would sit in the Leon County Jail for nearly three years without any incriminating sworn depositions or evidence against him. State Attorney Willie Meggs and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to make the victims autopsy reports public record. Prior to DeShon being charged with the murders, Judge Ronald Flury signed a court order to have DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records proved to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office—and then (on the same night) Judge Ronald Flury signed a court order to have DeShon’s AT&T cell phone records Sealed at the request of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Despite DeShon having four different court appointed attorneys and one private paid attorney—none of these items of evidence were made available to DeShon or challenged on his behalf during trial. DeShon was convicted. DeShon is INNOCENT!!!!!

It’s been nearly a half decade since Henry Segura was charged with the quadruple homicide of the mother of his toddler son along with his toddler son and her twin daughters. While the State of Florida contends that Mr. Segura brutally murdered the family because he did not want to pay child support (one of the same motives as with 17-year-old DeShon Thomas), there is no physical evidence connecting Mr. Segura to the murders. It was reported that the mother put up a fight before being shot numerous times.

There have been several judges to have presided over Mr. Segura’s case proceedings. In April 2015, the Judicial Qualifications Commission announced that they were charging Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford for three counts of misconduct. An attorney for Circuit Judge Jackie filed documents to have the charges dismissed.  After the Judicial Qualifications Commission refused to dismiss the charges, the Judicial Qualifications Commission recommended Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford retire due to an illness.

In June 2015, a DNA analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had the attention of many defense attorneys across the state of Florida and beyond, when she announced that she’d been sitting on a laboratory report that had been provided to her by the Federal Bureau of Investigation two years or so ago in regards to Mr. Segura’s case. The laboratory report excluded Mr. Segura. Defense Attorney Chuck Hobbs, who has taken on Mr. Segura case on a Pro Bono basis, motioned the court to have Mr. Segura’s case dismissed. Mr. Hobbs motion was denied by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis.

Most recently, Mr. Hobbs teamed up with defense attorneys Pumphrey & Prince. Those in Tallahassee’s Black community strongly believe that Chuck Hobbs, who is a Black man—teaming up with Pumphrey & Prince (two White men) is mainly because Black attorneys lack respect and fairness within the judicial system.

Since Chuck Hobbs has been working on Mr. Segura’s case, The Florida Bar suspended him for violating their Rule of Professional Conduct. But when DeShon Thomas, a Black male juvenile defendant filed a complaint against Gregory J. Cummings, a White criminal defense attorney, thus far—The Florida Bar has failed to finalize DeShon’s complaint (over 3 years ago).

Numerous Black men have been convicted in Leon County through the use of either a Fake Cop, falsification of information, violation of public records, witness intimidation—and the list goes on and on—CORRUPTION at its “FINEST.”

According to sources, Mr. Segura’s trial date has been set for February 2016. The tactic of Black men spending nearly a decade in the Leon County Jail without any physical evidence against them seems to be the normal standard for Tallahassee judicial officials. In other words, Black men are being court order to wear GPS monitors and/or spending nearly a decade in the Leon County Jail not for committing criminal acts—but for being suspected of committing criminal acts.

If DeShon Thomas had not been 17-years-old at the time of being charged with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent– with all of the ACT OF CORRUPITON that occurred during DeShon’s case proceedings–DeShon would be another INNOCENT inmate on Death Row.

Both Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford presided over DeShon’s case proceedings. Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford violated DeShon’s U.S. Constitutional Rights. These two judges also presided over Death Penalty cases.

Mr. Segura’s case is being watched very closely. Florida must repeal the Death Penalty.






Leon County, Florida: Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell Fights Hard For Criminals— Not Against Criminals

Tallahassee, FL—Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell recently announced his bid for Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney, an elected position that has been held by Willie Meggs since 1985. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, the son of late Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, seemingly has been taught by his boss, Meggs, that it is for Assistant State Attorneys to “order” judges in the courtroom instead of the other way around.

The citizens of Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Franklin, Jefferson, and Liberty counties deserve better than Assistant Jack Campbell can ever provide.

With the majority of Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s cases prosecuted being those under the investigative jurisdiction of his dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, all Jack Campbell has been able to prove is that some of those within the Leon County Sheriff’s Office will and have committed perjury in order to appease Sheriff Larry Campbell and score a conviction for State Prosecutor Jack Campbell. Although none may speak out in public but most local defense attorneys literally hate Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell. And most local attorneys fear judges due to the favoritism given to Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell in criminal cases—such as “ordering” judges to feed certain cases to private attorneys on the registry of Criminal Conflict and Dependency Attorneys. Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory J. Cummings used to be Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell and Second Judicial Judge James C. Hankinson’s point man until Gregory Cummings and Jack Campbell got caught playing a game of “hide-and-go-seek” during DeShon Thomas’ case proceedings—while Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson observed.

“No man cannot serve two masters, either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.”

Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell did not cease with just “ordering” judges as to what he needed the judges to do to ensure he scores a conviction—NO—that was too simple of a task for Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s stature —“Yes, men/women” came to easy to him (after all, Sheriff Larry Campbell was involved in law enforcement for nearly 50 years in Tallahassee)—“Yes, men/women”—like State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, Gregory Cummings, and Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford probably came a “dime-a-dozen” to Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell (boring). Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell wanted and needed more to feed his “arrogant” nature. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s knowledge of the Judicial System’s Standard of Operating Procedures and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Standard of Operating Procedures was put on display between January 2011 and October 2013.

In the 2011, cases of State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell had investigative jurisdiction over all of DeShon’s charges—at first the charges were Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Then the Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder were added, and then over a month later, the Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile was added. State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute the case after DeShon was charged with the Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder.

Don Odham, a wealthy family friend of the Campbell’s was endorsed by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective—when in fact, Don Odham was merely a family friend. Legal documents—such as the Complaint, the Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and other documents were signed by Don Odham under Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s approval and then notarized and filed with the Leon County Clerk of Court identifying Don Odham as Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham. Clearly a BOLD-FACED LIE! Don Odham NEVER worked for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

In late May 2012, after Dawuan Williams was apprehended by the Southeastern Regional Task Force and the Tifton County Sheriff’s Office in Tifton, Georgia, both Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and Tallahassee Police Chief were notified.

Dawuan Williams was a fugitive—wanted for the Arm Robbery of Two Tallahassee banks (SunTrust and Farmers and Merchants).

In June 2012, Dawuan Williams, a previously convicted felon was booked into the Leon County Jail. Without any form of creditable verification of DeShon Thomas having “solicited” Dawuan Williams to murder Trentin Ross, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell “ordered” State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin to go to the Leon County Jail to meet with Dawuan Williams. Within record time, Dawuan Williams, a man who’d terrorized bank tellers and their customers—and who’d stolen the monies of hardworking Tallahasseans—was a free man and was being provided with money and other special items by both the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office. (Wow! Imagine that! Receiving “Red Carpet” treatment after two armed bank robberies by judicial and law enforcement officials. Dawuan Williams was every bank employee and bank customers worst nightmare—yet, thanks to judicial and law enforcement officials–Dawuan Williams’ had his dreams come true.)

Not long after Dawuan Williams’ release from the Leon County Jail, Dawuan Williams disappeared. Despite Dawuan Williams having missed several court dates, the judge on Dawuan Williams’ case never revoked Dawuan Williams’ bond—instead continued to reset court dates.

In late 2012, Dawuan Williams was arrested in Gadsden County and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Battery, Kidnap, Kidnap-False Imprisonment, Burglary, Larceny, Vehicle Theft, Robbery, Robbery of a Residence, and Home Invasion Robbery.

State Prosecutor Jack Campbell not having first verified the credentials of Dawuan Williams’ claim of DeShon Thomas having solicited him (Dawuan Williams) to murder State Prosecutor Jack Campbell’s key witness in the murder case against DeShon, clearly shows the desperation as to how determined State Prosecutor Jack Campbell was to convict DeShon of something. (Trentin Ross had also disappeared from the Leon County Clerk of Courts. After October 2011, nearly every court notice mailed to Trentin Ross was returned. Circuit Judge Charles Dodson never issued a warrant for Trentin Ross for violating the conditions of Pre-trial. Trentin Ross had pending drug charges. State Prosecutor Jack Campbell made it to seem as though Trentin Ross needed to be eliminated in order for DeShon to win his trial. The truth of the matter is State Prosecutor Jack Campbell needed to make it seem as though Trentin Ross was in hiding because DeShon had a hit out on his life—because no one knew exactly of Trentin Ross’ whereabouts—and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell needed more time—without Trentin Ross, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell did not have a case. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was up for re-election. Without any physical, circumstantial or material evidence against DeShon both the careers of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and State Prosecutor Jack Campbell hinged on Trentin Ross. Don Odham a.ka. “Fake Cop”–had been criminally charged in the State of Alabama.)

Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell has a track record for going over and beyond for known criminals, but refuse to show respect for victims of crime and the United States Constitution.

On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, WCTV News website post read, “State Prosecutor Jack Campbell Plans 2016 State Attorney Run.” In the article, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell states the use of “chat rooms” and “technology” as to where he (Campbell) sees the change in the “our community.”

However, if you ask any creditable emergency room doctor at one of Tallahassee’s two major hospitals, they may tell you that the increase of gunshots wounds continue to increase significantly from year to year.

State Prosecutor Jack Campbell may not have mentioned the spike in gun violence in Tallahassee due to the fact that the two previously convicted felons that State Prosecutor Jack Campbell used to make the 2012 Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder charge against DeShon Thomas hold—had been directly connected to committing crimes while armed.

Walter Cole Rayborn, was said to be a witness who gave incriminating statements against DeShon in the 2012 Solicitation case. Walter Cole Rayborn was a trustee at the Leon County Jail. When Walter Cole Rayborn received sentencing, special provisions were made to his sentencing.

On July 9, 2015, Tallahassee Police Department announced the arrest of 22-year-old Walter Cole Rayborn for two murder charges. The victims in the case, 22-year-old Lance Love and 21-year-old Cornellius Poole were bond and shot execution-style in Mr. Love’s apartment located on Tharpe Street—just blocks away from Tallahassee Community College.

Dawuan Williams and Walter Cole Rayborn both had extensive criminal records—yet, State Prosecutor Jack Campbell took them under his wing to convict an INNOCENT juvenile. In return, Dawuan Williams and Walter Cole Rayborn have been accused of claiming more victims in the community.

The citizens of Tallahassee deserve a “New Face” to be over Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit. Tallahassee citizens deserve someone who will fight hard against criminals not for criminals.