Tallahassee, FL— In a January 2011 case being prosecuted by State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office, DeShon, a 17-year-old black male, was a student at Tallahassee Community College when he 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. DeShon pleaded NOT GUILTY to ALL of the charges. The charges stemmed from a January 2011 double murder case that the Leon County Sheriff’s Office was investigating. The victims, 20-year-old, Laqecia Herring and her 17-year-old brother, Sterling Conner Jr. were both black. DeShon and Ms. Herring had been in a six weeks relationship that ended three months prior to the murders. Ms. Herring was 21 weeks pregnant at the time of her murder. While Ms. Herring had DeShon and his mother thinking that DeShon was the father of Ms. Herring’s unborn baby, it was not until after Ms. Herring’s murder as when DeShon and his mother learned through detectives with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office that Ms. Herring boyfriend at the time of her death believed that he was the father of her unborn baby.
After DeShon sat in the Leon County Jail for over a month without an attorney, DeShon mother hired a local Criminal Defense Attorney named Greg Cummings. Right away DeShon’s mother discussed her concerns about the relationship between the assistant state attorney that State Attorney Willie Meggs had assigned to prosecute the case and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. State Attorney Willie Meggs had assigned Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell to prosecute the case against DeShon. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell is the son of Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell. Not only was Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell the investigating agency of all of the charges against DeShon, Sheriff Larry Campbell was also the overseer of the Leon County Jail and the jail’s employees. DeShon’s mother believed a conflict of interest existed between Sheriff Larry Campbell and Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell.
Over the next year and a half, Mr. Cummings showed many signs of distress. Mr. Cummings had not filed and motions, held any pre-trial hearings, had not provided DeShon with the evidence to support his alibi and refused to make the victims’ autopsy reports public record—which was a violation of DeShon’s right to due process. When DeShon’s mother called the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office to get a copy of the victims’ autopsy reports, she was told that State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office would not allow them to release the victims’ autopsy reports. State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office was in violation of DeShon’s right to due process and Florida’s Public Records law. Mr. Cummings refused to properly represent DeShon. DeShon’s mother had paid Mr. Cummings nearly $30,000. DeShon and his mother fired Mr. Cummings. DeShon and his mother filed a complaint with the Florida Bar against Mr. Cummings.
Simultaneous to DeShon firing Mr. Cummings, State Attorney Willie Meggs charged DeShon with Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Murder with the target being Jack Campbell’s key witness against DeShon. The new charge against DeShon was clearly retaliation. At the Leon County Jail, DeShon was immediately thrown into solitary confinement—where he was denied phone and visitation privileges. Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell had thoughts of charging DeShon’s mother and brother as playing roles in the solicitation to commit 1st degree murder plot.
Between 2012 and 2013, DeShon’s repeatedly begged Governor Rick Scott to assign a special prosecutor to DeShon’s case. Court appointed attorneys were withdrawing from DeShon’s case faster like it was a ‘hot potato.’ It was clear that the presiding judge, Circuit Judge James C. Hankinson and Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell were desperate to convict DeShon. Governor Rick Scott refused to assign a special prosecutor to DeShon’s case. (At the time DeShon’s mother did not know was that Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi were facing charges for violating Florida’s Public Records law—which was in part the same violation DeShon’s mother was accusing State Attorney Willie Meggs’ Office of doing. If Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi were to be found guilty for violating Florida’s Public Records law, then State Attorney Willie Meggs would have to be the one to decide on rather or not to move forward with prosecuting Governor Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi.) Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi refused to get involved with DeShon’s case. Governor Rick Scott refused to acknowledge the clear conflict of interest that existed between Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell.
In October 2013, DeShon was railroaded into Florida’s prison system based on hearsay testimony and several perjured testimonies—including that of Dr. Anthony Clark, an associate medical examiner with the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office located in Tallahassee. On December 17, 2013, DeShon was sentenced to Two Life sentences plus 30 years. If DeShon had been 18-years-old at the time of the murders, DeShon could’ve received the Death Penalty.
In January 2014, after having received Social Security Administration Insurance benefits for three years due to disabilities brought about by a diagnosis of Scleroderma, DeShon’s mother received a request from the Social Security Administration located in Lake Mary, Florida in regards to her condition. The Social Security Administration Office located in Lake Mary, Florida is the local Social Security Office for DeShon’s mother. DeShon’s mother sent the local Social Security Administration all of the requested documents from her doctors. In March 2014, DeShon’s mother received a letter from the local Social Security Administration informing her that her benefits would continue based on the documents that she’d submitted.
The following month, April 2014, after DeShon’s mother had filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement regarding Dr. Anthony Clark’s perjured testimony during DeShon’s trial, DeShon’s mother received a letter from the local Social Security Administration requesting more information about her condition. The local Social Security Office and the Florida Department of Health work closely together. There was no more information to be provided.
In 2010, after having worked more than thirty years, DeShon’s mother, at the age of 38 was found to be disabled based on the debilitating affects of Scleroderma: Pulmonary Hypertension, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Arthritis and High Blood Pressure. (DeShon’s mother was 26-years-old when she was first diagnosed with Scleroderma.) Post receiving disability, DeShon’s mother was being treated by a primary care physician and a rheumatologist. Scleroderma is a rare auto-immune disease. A lot of internal organs are affected by Scleroderma. There is no cure or treatment regime for Scleroderma. The only treatable diagnosis for DeShon’s mother is High Blood Pressure. She is prescribed 3 medicines to regulate her High Blood Pressure which without the medication she has results of High Blood Pressure topping 200/178. Scleroderma is a progressive disease—that is noted in all of DeShon’s mother’s medical records. DeShon’s mother has always had to be independent. It took many, many years for DeShon’s mother to acknowledge her declining health.
For six months, the local Social Security Office repeatedly harassed DeShon’s mother. In November 2014, DeShon’s mother received a letter from the local Social Security Administration Office stating that she was no longer disabled and that her benefits—her monthly check and her Medicare—were ending. DeShon’s mother knew that the local Social Security Office was acting in retaliation against her complaint with the Health Department under Florida Surgeon General John H. Armstrong.
DeShon’s mother attempted to prevent corrupt action from sending her innocent son to prison—but those who had the power to prevent an innocent child from going to prison chose not to address the corruption—due to their own corrupt actions. Now, all of those who are corrupt are guilty of Child Abuse, Kidnapping, and Two Counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder.
DeShon, an INNOCENT child, was abused and kidnapped by a Don Odham, a white man that was allowed by Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell to impersonate a Leon County Sheriff’s Detective with the Violent Crimes Unit. All of those associated with DeShon’s incarceration and imprisonment should be charged with attempted 1st Degree Murder. All of those associated with discontinuing DeShon’s mother’s Social Security Retirement Insurance and her Medicare should be charged with attempted 1st Degree Murder. Months after DeShon’s mother’s benefits were discontinued, she was unable to afford doctor visits and fill her prescriptions. One of her medications cost $90.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, in February 2016, a white male, who’d been a fugitive out of Ohio for more than 55 years after disappearing from a prison camp where he was serving time for manslaughter, was found living in Florida. The fugitive had been receiving Social Security benefits for years up until his capture.
In May 2015, Public Broadcast Station, reported on Ex-Nazis having received at least $20 million dollars in Social Security benefits.
Government officials in the State of Florida would rather have a Black family murdered to silence them in order to cover up their acts of corruption. Orlando news station WFTV Channel 9 reported that there are over 50 millionaire lawmakers in Florida’s senate and house of representatives. The majority of those lawmakers are members of the Republican Party–the same as Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. It is no wonder why Florida is one of the most corrupt states in America.