Tallahassee’s Drug Problem; Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood’s Drug Related Past

Tallahassee, FL—The name and character of former Florida State University graduate, twenty-three-year-old, Rachel Hoffman, was “Assassinated” after her lifeless body was found in the woods in another county, fifty miles outside of Leon County in May 2008. As many may remember, Ms. Hoffman was abducted during a botched drug sting operation. According to reports, Ms. Hoffman, who had previously been arrested for possession of marijuana and sentenced to drug court, was recruited by police to participate in a drug sting that involved a gun, pills, and a large sum of cash. It’s been said that Ms. Hoffman’s fear of being sentenced to serve time in jail and/or prison, was why she had agreed to participate in the drug sting. Ms. Hoffman had not been trained at all to be a drug informant. The decision that police officers made to not train Ms. Hoffman to be used as a drug informant, may have been what caused her to be kidnapped and murdered execution style by one of the men during the drug sting. The police lost track of Ms. Hoffman during the drug sting operation.

Dateline NBC, a national television program that delivers in-depth coverage of news events and investigative subjects, reported on Rachel Hoffman’s tragic death. http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/28810295#28810295

Second Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs was interviewed by Dateline Investigative Reporter, Chris Hansen about Rachel Hoffman’s murder and the negligence of the Tallahassee Police Department. Despite the officers having been found to have committed numerous policy violations, no charges were brought against any of the officers involved.

Rachel Hoffman may have lost her life due to her fears of serving jail and/or prison time for marijuana possession in Leon County.

In January 2015, Governor Rick Scott appointed Mike Wood as Leon County Sheriff, after the death of Leon County’s longtime serving sheriff–Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell passed away. Mike Wood, a lifelong resident of Tallahassee who had been employed with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office for decades, had been previously arrested for possession of marijuana.

If Mike Wood was the best ‘Uniformed Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy’ to replace Larry Campbell, then why is it that children and college students in Tallahassee are being stalked and harassed by law enforcement officers? Rachel Hoffman lost her life in a cold-blooded manner in part due to her possessing marijuana, while Mike Wood landed a job with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office only to be later appointed by Governor Rick Scott as Leon County Sheriff due to his prior possessing marijuana.

Prior to the death of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, there was an Ethics Complaint filed against Sheriff Larry Campbell for in part for providing his wealthy friend, Don Odham, with a law enforcement badge and allowing him to perform the tasks of a law enforcement officer– to include the responsibilities of a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective with the Violent Crimes Unit, a Crime Scene Detective, an Interrogator, and a Lead Detective on at least one double homicide case. In most cases, Don Odham, replaced veteran full-time detectives who worked vigorously to obtain and maintain the necessary credentials to work as a certified law enforcement officer in the state of Florida. Don Odham also assigned a patrol car of his own to take home—to use at his leisure. The Ethics Complaint was quickly dismissed.

In 2013, there were several complaints filed against Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies for perjury and smuggling contraband into the Leon County Jail. The video evidence that supports the complaints and the complaints themselves have been ignored. Both Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have long been abreast to the dangers of the operations and the lack of creditability of those law enforcement officers in Leon County, but instead of addressing those dangers appropriately—Governor Rick Scott chose to add to them—i.e. Sheriff Mike Wood, the sheriff with a criminal past.

State Attorney Willie Meggs’ office has provided money to criminals, his office has manipulated pay codes to allow certain indigent defense attorneys to be assigned cases that would favor the state convictions, his office has filed documents that falsely identified law enforcement personnel (again to favor the state’s case).

Under State Attorney Willie Meggs’, Tallahassee and the surrounding counties that he serves, are toxic wastelands. Citizens are not protected. Criminals are financially supported by judicial officials and law enforcement officers are well protected—regardless of their criminal acts.

On January 28, 2011, the mother of seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas, who was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College, drove DeShon to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and asked to speak with the lead detective investigating the January 27, 2011 double homicide case that occurred in the Wolf Creek subdivision. Law enforcement officers had been harassing DeShon. Despite DeShon’s mother invoking DeShon’s Miranda Rights, DeShon was taken away by Don Odham. DeShon was denied access to an attorney and to his mother.

Meanwhile, the one-bedroom apartment of DeShon’s co-worker and friend, 21-year-old, Trentin Ross, who had allowed DeShon to temporarily sleep on the couch in the living room at his one-bedroom apartment, was being raided by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office with a search warrant for firearms. Though there were no firearms located, detectives did locate a small size marijuana grow in Mr. Ross’ bedroom closet. Reports stated that there were five pots of soil with stems sprouting from them. Instead of using “good ole fashioned police work” to solve the double murder case, Don Odham, the wealthy friend with a badge, who was going around presenting himself as “Leon County Sheriff’s Detective with the Violent Crimes Unit,” scared Mr. Ross into giving incriminating statements against DeShon.

Mr. Ross, who did not have any prior arrests, feared being sentenced to jail and/or prison, went along with the plot against DeShon. The same as Rachel Hoffman, Mr. Ross was scared and desperate. Don Odham and Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, who by the way is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, plotted together to have DeShon arrested, charged and convicted for the double homicide.

State Attorney Willie Meggs and Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell have violated many laws to protect their criminal acts against young, naïve children. Tallahassee’s drug problem was not a problem for Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood.



Open Letter to Tallahassee Community College Spring of 2016 Graduates; Florida State University Spring of 2016 Graduates; FAMU Spring of 2016 Graduates

Dear Graduates:
Congratulations! Congratulations to all of the graduates for your hard work and utilizing your faith and survival skills on and off campus. Surely, the transition from the kid who graduated from high school to the young adult who is now graduating from college/university has been quite an experience. But you survived! You survived shady friends, cunning enemies, class instructors that probably didn’t think that you’d pass their classes, and most importantly you did not fall victim to the extreme corruption that runs rapid within Second Judicial State Attorney Willie Meggs’ office, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (under former Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell (deceased)) and currently under Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood (Gov. Rick Scott appointee). Hopefully, you did not inadvertently witness any criminal act or any suspicious activity that left you too afraid to report to law enforcement.

It is shameful, but understandable, for anyone, especially young people, to fear voluntarily contacting law enforcement in an attempt to help bring justice to a possibly unjust incident. As new graduates (young adults entering into a variety of careers), you have the ability to force changes in leadership roles and communities. If you witnessed a criminal act or any suspicious activity and did not report it, please do not carry that burden with you for the rest of your life. Encourage the people all around you, especially those in Leon County and the other counties within the Second Judicial Circuit, to elect new officials—Walt McNeil for Leon County Sheriff—is a wonderful starting point. State Attorney Willie Meggs’, who has been in office for thirty or more years, is not seeking re-election. As you all may know by now—re-elected (incumbents) does not mean “a job well done.” In most cases, such as with Governor Rick Scott and his appointee, Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood, the incumbents’ victory just means that they had more money than their opponents. People will pay a lot of money via campaign contributions to prevent their “evil acts” from being exposed.

State Attorney Willie Meggs and his employee, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, along with the late Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, utilized a fake cop to interrogate and arrest minors, as well as filing documents with the Leon County Courthouse calling the fake cop a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective. In an effort to keep the corruption going (keep the evil acts from being exposed), Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, the son of the late Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, is currently running to replace Willie Meggs. It is imperative that Leon County (Tallahassee) and the other counties within the Second Judicial Circuit rid themselves of those who have been groomed in corruption. As a graduate, who may stay or leave Tallahassee, please know that there are some crimes that do not have statute of limitations, so it is possible that a trustworthy candidate can replace Willie Meggs—definitely not Jack Campbell. A trustworthy person serving as the Second Judicial State Attorney just may allow you or someone that you know—to unburden themselves of any criminal act or any suspicious activity—no matter how small you may think that it is—that you or they may have witnessed—without getting pulled into the corruption that has plagued Tallahassee for decades. After Tallahassee has successfully elected trustworthy leaders, then those leaders should be informed and those burdens may be lifted from you and others.
As it has happened–under State Attorney Willie Meggs–Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, who was prosecuting a double murder case, where Jack Campbell asked WCTV news reporter, Julie Montanaro, to conceal the identities of male adult career criminals that were testifying to help make his case. Unfortunately, the young petite college woman, who was a witness for the defense, was exploited! She did not know the defendant (17-year-old DeShon Thomas). She was just a neighbor who inadvertently witnessed suspicious activity at the residence and may have been the last person to see the 17-year-old male alive—other than his murderer. Her testimony placed someone that was not DeShon Thomas—at the victims’ residence. That someone was never sought out. Instead, the fake cop named Don Odham, a local multi-million dollar real estate investor, whose wife, Sue Odham, a local banker at BB&T, set out to destroy the life of 17-year-old, DeShon Thomas, a freshman at Tallahassee Community College.
As it is– the witnesses that were protected by Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell have all continued on with their crime sprees—claiming more victims. And despite DeShon’s mother having paid nearly $30,000 to Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings, crucial evidence that could have exonerated DeShon, was withheld from DeShon and public records law were violated. Although the near $30,000 depleted DeShon’s single mother’s purse, the near $30,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the salaries of Meggs, Campbell and Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, along with many others.
After the death of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, Governor Rick Scott appointed Robert Swearingen as interim Leon County Sheriff, before appointing Mike Wood as Leon County Sheriff. Mike Wood has a criminal background and worked closely with Larry Campbell for nearly 30 years. All of Mike Woods’ training had come from within the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Currently, Sheriff Mike Woods collects nearly a $500,000 a year. In an attempt to support Sheriff Larry Campbell’s corrupt son, Jack Campbell, and prolong the corruption within the judicial system, Mike Wood is currently running for Leon County Sheriff.
As evidence to show that criminals have the support by Governor Rick Scott, Governor Rick Scott appointed Mike Wood, a criminal, as Leon County Sheriff, over others who have worked many years at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office who do not have a criminal record. Mike Wood was not the most qualified. Mike Wood was Larry Campbell’s choice before he died of cancer. Also, Governor Rick Scott praised Mike Wood, a known criminal, but a few years earlier, Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch was arrested by FDLE and removed from his position. After Sheriff Finch was released from the Liberty County Jail (the jail in which Mr. Finch oversees), Mr. Finch’s attorneys made his case of innocence in a courtroom against State Attorney Willie Meggs–Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell. Mr. Finch was acquitted. Governor Rick Scott reinstated Sheriff Nick Finch.
As graduates—young adults—don’t be afraid to fight for what you know to be right. It is your responsibility to leave all of those places that you once walked but felt uncomfortable—to make “a better place” for those coming behind you. It is your responsibility to not allow innocence to be stolen from innocent people. You survived, but there are those who did not. If you plan to allow your children to attend your alma mater—they may not survive if changes are not made. As you move forward in your life, know that you can make a difference in the lives of others.
Thank you and good luck to you!


The Florida Bar Membership Fees; Support Child Molesters…

Tallahassee, FL—Rather than appearing to be “monsters,” perpetrators usually try to be very charming and friendly. After gaining widespread trust, over time, some eventually head nonprofit organizations of various kinds dealing with youth, giving the molesters not only easy access but also free rein.

They lie and manipulate, typically very skillfully.

 It is normal for children to learn early on that their survival depends on adults. Besides fulfilling the emotional and physical needs of children, adults are bigger and stronger. Children are instructed to respect and obey adults, but the exceptions to this need to be clearly taught as well.


Matthew Graziotti, a former teacher and summer camp director at Warner Christian Academy, operated by White Chapel Church of God, located in Daytona, plead guilty to numerous crimes against children, including child molestation. Graziotti, who was a husband and father, is currently in a federal prison. The parents of Graziotti’s victims have filed lawsuits suing the White Chapel Church of God. But the reality is no amount of money will erase the abuse that has already been inflicted on those children by a trusted adult—Mr. Graziotti.


Defense Attorney Gregory Cummings, along with Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson, Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford, Public Defender Nancy Daniels, Assistant Regional Counsel Daren Shippy, Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, Chief Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman, and Assistant State Attorney Eric Trombley (Juvenile Prosecutor) are worse than Mr. Matthew Graziotti.

The Florida Bar describes its organization as “A guardian for the integrity of the legal profession. The Florida Bar is the statewide professional organization of lawyers.”

The Florida Bar’s description sounds great—something well worth paying membership fees to be a part of the professional organization. But the truth of the matter is—many lawyers, who pay membership fees, are fearful in courtrooms because calling out “child molesters” operating as judicial officials may bring their career to an end. The Florida Bar receives membership fees—and then what? Protect attorneys whose personal/professional behavior mirrors that of a child molester?

Lanetra Bennett “LYING MOUTHPIECE” for WCTV News Tallahassee

Tallahassee, FL—Some young women who set out to “shatter” those glass ceilings in this male dominating society are still dreaming of connecting with trustworthy sources to help them make a true difference in the lives of others, as well as for themselves. Every year many young women flock to Tallahassee to attend college to accomplish goals that they have so long aspired to do.  For the majority of the young women coming to Tallahassee is their first time being away from home and living on their own—an exciting and much anticipated experience—for sure. Unfortunately, for some in authority who have deep roots in Tallahassee, many young female (and some male) college students are simple prey.

Corruption runs rapid in Tallahassee mostly because the members of the community and the young college people do not have trustworthy sources to tell their side of their stories. Recently, Florida State University settled with Erica Kinsman for $950,000 possibly in part in regards to a serious incident that occurred off campus. According to a sworn deposition obtained by Ms. Kinsman’s attorney, law enforcement officer with the City of Tallahassee did not thoroughly investigate Ms. Kinsman’s serious incident in which she was the victim.

Now, just imagine how much could have been prevented by all parties involved had Erica Kinsman felt safe enough to contact WCTV veteran news report Julie Montanaro or news reporter Lanetra Bennett to tell how she (Ms. Kinsman) believed that the Tallahassee Police Department did not take her serious incident to be worthy of a thorough investigation. It is a proven fact that when community representation that assist people who feel as though they have been victimized or treated unjustly make for a better community.

Lanetra Bennett, a young vivacious Black women must have made her parents proud when she became a news reporter at WCTV. Unfortunately, Ms. Bennett may not be familiar with a famous quote by Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson that simply states, “Do not go where the path may lead, instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.”  

 In November 2014, the Massachusetts non-profit organization, Represent.us, obtained a huge amount of signatures to get the Anti-Corruption Act initiative directly on the ballot. At least 67% of the citizens of Tallahassee voted to pass the Anti-Corruption Act. The City of Tallahassee was the first city in the United States of America to pass a city-wide Anti-Corruption Act.

Lanetra Bennett seemingly has failed to be a leader in Tallahassee. Instead of bridging the community together, she seems to have fallen directly in line with the deceit of those who have done more “EVIL” than “JUSTICE” in Tallahassee and its surrounding counties.

Like her colleague, Julie Montanaro, a veteran reporter for WCTV, Lanetra Bennett’s reporting is not trustworthy and full of deceit. Julie Montanaro exploited a young college woman who was a defense witness in the case, State of Florida vs. DeShon Thomas. State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office, asked Julie Montanaro to conceal the identities of two of their witnesses who had been charged with cultivations of marijuana, armed bank robbers, armed home invasion robbery and kidnapping—in that she was much obliged because it was set to make the case for the Prosecutor, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell, along with making the case for Jack Campbell’s dad, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, whose office had charged DeShon with Cultivation of Marijuana, Two Counts of 1st Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent, and Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder. DeShon Thomas, who was a 17-year-old college freshman at Tallahassee Community College, entered NOT GUILTY pleas to all charges. Despite numerous requests, State Attorney Willie Meggs’ office refused to allow the District Two Medical Examiner’s office to release the victims’ autopsy reports. Despite DeShon’s mother having paid DeShon’s attorney, Gregory Cummings nearly $30,000, Mr. Cummings refused to discuss and provide the victims’ autopsy reports with DeShon and DeShon’s mother.

The young college woman, who was a defense witness, did not know DeShon. She was a neighbor who was out walking her dog at night when the strange actions of her small dog followed by a knock on one of her neighbors door, startled her. She stood and watched as her male teenage neighbor opened the door and allowed a male acting suspiciously into their townhouse. It was not until the next day when she learned that her male teenage neighbor and his pregnant sister had been murdered in their townhouse. The young woman had not asked anyone to witness what she saw—she was in the right place at the right time. However, because her testimony did not fit into the “Campbell Klan’s” theory of events, WCTV exploited her.

Currently, there is a young man who has been in the Leon County Jail charged with a quadruple homicide of a young mother and her three small children. The youngest child was his son. The young man, Henry Segura, has been in the Leon County Jail for nearly a decade awaiting trial. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is the prosecutor on the case. Many of Jack Campbell’s cases have been reportedly to show acts of unethical conduct.

Both Jack Campbell and Lanetra Bennett appeared in the Jupiter Entertainment episode of Fatal Attraction, Crippled by Blood, that aired on T.V. One Network. The episode depicted their accounts of events surrounding DeShon Thomas and what led up to the double homicides of Sterling Conner Jr. and Laqecia Herring. Lanetra Bennett smiled and lied in the camera—and looked foolish doing so.

To date, another one of Jack Campbell’s witnesses against DeShon who was an also an inmate in the Leon County Jail, Walter Cole Rayborn, is currently awaiting trial for the July 2015 double murder, robbery and arson of two young men in Tallahassee. Mr. Rayborn family members are friends with the judge who presided over DeShon’s case. Walter Cole Rayborn’s court records are Sealed.