Tallahassee, FL—In May 2012, within days of terrorizing employees and their customers with a firearm at two banks located in Tallahassee, the suspected bank robber was apprehended in Tifton, Georgia by the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Tifton County Sheriff.
In 2012, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was up for re-election and was very upset about being challenged by his opponents—especially “that woman” Lisa Sprague.
According to court records, the armed robbery suspect, who is a previously convicted felon, was booked into the Leon County Jail in Tallahassee, Florida in June 2012. Two weeks later Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, the son of then Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, instructed State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin to go over to the Leon County Jail to privately meet with the suspected bank robber. This was their first meeting. An hour after their first meeting, the suspected bank robber was released from the Leon County Jail and was immediately provided with finances from both the State Attorney Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Two months later, in August 2012, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced an additional charge against former Tallahassee Community College freshman, DeShon Thomas. The charge—solicitation to commit murder—the target—Trentin Ross. Never did State Attorney Willie Meggs announce that the dual armed bank robber was released from the Leon County Jail, nor was it announced that the dual armed bank robber was the State Attorney’s Office key witness in the solicitation to commit 1st degree murder charge against DeShon Thomas, and neither was it announced that the dual armed bank robber had been provided with finances upon his release by both the State Attorney’s Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2011, seventeen-year-old black male, DeShon Thomas was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of 1st degree murder and possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell was the lead investigating agency on the cases. State Attorney Willie Meggs assigned Sheriff Campbell’s son, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, as the prosecutor on the case. There was/is no physical, material or circumstantial evidence that could prove that DeShon committed the two murders. Therefore, in conjunction with Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and his son, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, along with State Attorney Willie Meggs and other employees of both the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office, in addition to Assistant Medical Examiner Associate Dr. Anthony Clark, Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings, Public Defender Nancy Daniels, Assistant Regional Conflict Counsel Daren Shippy, Leon County Judge Robert Wheeler, Circuit Court Judge James C. Hankinson, Circuit Court Judge Charles Dodson and Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford, the plot to convict DeShon Thomas was by any means necessary. Trentin Ross, the only witness that Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell had against DeShon in the murder case, was also facing drug cultivation and paraphernalia charges and had refused to give a sworn deposition in regards to the murders. The solicitation to commit murder charge with Mr. Ross being the target was Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell’s way to scare Mr. Ross into testifying in court. Mr. Ross never gave a deposition. And the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office refused to release the victims’ autopsy reports citing the State Attorney’s office refusal to allow them to be made public record.
According to reports, the day following the murder investigation, Mr. Ross told the Lead Detective and members of the investigating team that he had no knowledge about the murders. It was not until Don Odham a.k.a. Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham, replaced the lead detective and her team as the lead detective in the murders.
Court documents drafted by Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham, the witness against DeShon in the murder cases stated that he (the witness) allowed DeShon to load guns into the trunk of his (the witness) girlfriend’s car before driving DeShon to commit the murders.( The witness was not charged with anything in connection to the murders.) Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham prepared and filed with the Leon County Clerk the probable cause for the murders and the complaint that played a key role with Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman to obtain an Indictment against DeShon for two counts of 1st degree murder and possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent.
During DeShon’s October 2013 trial, DeShon and his family learned that the dual bank robber who had been released from the Leon County Jail and provided with finances by the State Attorney’s Office and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office had continued his crime spree in Gadsden County when the funds ran out. The dual bank robber was arrested for committing armed home invasion robbery with kidnapping and other crimes. Also, it was revealed that Don Odham a.k.a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham was never employed with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. None of DeShon’s defense attorneys (both private and public) informed DeShon or the courts that Don Odham was an imposter and not an employee/detective with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford, who presided over the trial, allowed Don Odham to presented to the jury as a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. DeShon and his family, are not originally from Tallahassee, therefore they were unaware that local defense attorneys (both private and public) and judges refused to challenge Sheriff Larry Campbell, Sheriff Campbell’s son, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, and State Attorney Willie Meggs and the rest of his staff. This is the hardcore culture in Tallahassee and in the Leon County Courthouse. Leon County Sheriff’s Sergeant Brian Pearson was called to testify in DeShon’s trial about certain critical investigating tasks that were performed at the crime scene of the double homicide. In order to cover up the tasks that Don Odham had been allowed to perform, Sergeant Brian Pearson testified that he (Pearson) had performed the tasks. In the following of the paper trail—Sergeant Brian Pearson committed perjury.
Following DeShon’s conviction (wrongful conviction), several complaints against Leon County Sheriff’s staff members were filed with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division—including against Sergeant Brian Pearson for committing perjury. Thus far, all complaints have been unanswered.
In November 2015, Governor Rick Scott appointed Leon County Judge Robert Wheeler as a Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge. Robert Wheeler had a complaint filed against him with the Judicial Qualifications Commission when he was a Leon County Judge. With this new appointment as a Second Judicial Circuit Judge, Robert Wheeler will have the responsibility to preside over various cases including Death Penalty cases. Robert Wheeler is incompetent. Robert Wheeler’s incompetence may be hiding via Florida’s First District Court of Appeals Clerk of Court, Jon Wheeler, Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. Judge Robert Wheeler proved to be incompetent when he provided over a bond hearing. Judge Robert Wheeler openly admitting that he did not know about events brought up by the State—yet—Judge Wheeler allowed those events to sway his ruling—and sided with the State and completely disregarded the public defender when the public defender stated that those events had nothing to do with the bond hearing itself. How can Judge Robert Wheeler effectively preside over a Death Penalty case when he failed—openly admitted his incompetence during a bond hearing of a seventeen-year-old regarding cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia?
Recently it was reported that Leon County Sheriff’s Sergeant Brian Pearson participated in the apprehension of a Tallahassee bank robber, who is said to be a “serial bank robber.” It’s been reported that the serial bank robber, Charles Vaughn, is wanted in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Currently, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is prosecuting Henry Segura, a black man, who has been in the Leon County Jail for nearly half a decade awaiting trial for a quadruple murder. In June 2015, it was reported that there may have been possible exculpatory evidence in Mr. Segura’s case withheld by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE—another agency based in Tallahassee—and a former employer of Sheriff Larry Campbell (now deceased)). Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell announced his bid to run for outgoing State Attorney Willie Meggs in 2016. During that announcement, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell spoke about going after child molesters in chat rooms versus the gun violence and the increasing rate of murders that have plagued Tallahassee (Leon County). Seemingly, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell has spent his career making financial arrangements to support armed bank robber, gang members and drug users in order to obtain convictions via false/fabricated statements. Seemingly, State Attorney Jack Campbell is attempting to avoid those criminals that he has gone “over and beyond” to support.
After DeShon’s conviction (wrongful conviction), all of the previously convicted witnesses used by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell have continued on with their criminal career. One of the witnesses, Dawuan Williams is in the Gadsden County Jail on numerous charges of armed home invasion robbery. And another witness, Walter Cole Rayborn, is in the Leon County Jail awaiting trial for two counts of murder and arson and other charges.
Many families have been let down by Tallahassee’s Judicial System. Fake cops and criminal witnesses in order to gain wrongful convictions have done more harm to the community than good. So now, to what extent will Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell use State Attorney Investigator Jason Newlin and Sergeant Brian Pearson (a bold-faced liar) to gain the conviction of another innocent person? And to what extent will the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell along with State Attorney Willie Meggs utilize “serial bank robber” Charles Vaughn in order to help secure a conviction against Mr. Segura?
Will Charles Vaughn be released from the Leon County Jail and be provided with finances by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office?
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