Tallahassee, FL—A native of Chicago, Illinois, Emmett Till was a fourteen-year-old African-American boy, who was kidnapped, beaten and murdered by white men in 1955 while visiting family members in a small town in Mississippi. Emmett Till supposedly whistled at a white girl—which sparked anger among some of the white men in the town. The story about the life and death of Emmett Till has been gathered into a collection, and will be available at the Special Collections Research Center at Strozier Library on the campus of Florida State University located in Tallahassee, Florida.
A native of Orlando, Florida, DeShon Thomas, an African-American boy, was seventeen-years-old, and had been on his fast food restaurant job for nearly a year, and was in his third semester at Tallahassee Community College, as a freshman when he was kidnapped inside of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell allowed his friend Don Odham to impersonate a law enforcement officer—giving him the title ‘Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham.’
In late January 2011, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a double homicide. At that time a black woman, who is a veteran with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, was assigned as the lead detective. The victims of the homicide were friends of DeShon’s. Within hours of the start of the double homicide investigation, LCSO had obtained a court order to track DeShon via GPS on his cell phone. The more LCSO investigated DeShon—the more their investigation led them away from DeShon. As a part of the investigation, it was discovered that a young adult white woman, who was the girlfriend of Trentin, had loaned her car out to Trentin during the early morning hours on January 27, 2011. Trentin, was a 21-year-old black male. Trentin and DeShon worked together. A white female LCSO detective administered a computer voice-stress test on the young adult white woman about Trentin and DeShon’s actions during the early morning hours of January 27, 2011—the test results did not show that DeShon was a murderer. The young white woman admitted to once having sex with DeShon—betraying her relationship with Trentin. Trentin was very upset that he’d been betrayed by his girlfriend and DeShon.
On February 4, 2011, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell announced his re-election campaign. Also, on February 4, 2011, ‘Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham’ stated that Trentin voluntarily walked into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and gave incriminating statements against DeShon.
On February 7, 2011, Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham prepared a Summary of Offense for Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder and Probable Cause Affidavit charging DeShon with Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder. The affidavit was approved by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell. Accompanying the affidavit was a Complaint charging DeShon with the murders that was signed by ‘Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham,’ which was notarized and filed with the Leon County Clerk of Courts. In the days following the filing of the affidavit and complaint, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell assigned ‘Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham’ as the lead detective on the double homicide case—replacing the black woman detective and her team of veteran detectives and deputies.
Don Odham is a pilot and real estate investor. His wife is Sue Odham a bank employee. Both donated to United Way Leadership and to Sheriff Campbell’s re-election campaign.
Neither the young adult white woman, Trentin or Don Odham were deposed. The young adult white woman was never mentioned in the probable cause—and was not called to provide testimony at trial. During trial, it was learned that Don Odham was never an employee with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
A teenage black boy and his mother walk into the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and were literally kidnapped—denied access to an attorney and locked in an interview room by ‘Leon County Sheriff’s Detective Don Odham—an impostor’—supported by Sheriff Campbell and his son, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell.
WCTV.tv stated in an article that Jack Campbell is running for 2nd Judicial State Attorney. The article also stated that Jack Campbell attended Florida State University College of Law. However, John “Jack” Campbell’s profile on The Florida Bar website does not reflect Jack Campbell as a Florida State University College of Law student.
Emmett Till was only 14-years-old when he was kidnapped, beaten and murdered by adult white men. History shows that white men will reduce themselves to scum in order to kill or convict an innocent child—a black boy.
SN: DeShon’s older brother is a graduate of Florida State University.