Leon County, FL–The Leon County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant for items in a double homicide investigation on the one-bedroom apartment that was being rented by 21-year-old, Trentin Ross, a black male. Seventeen-year-old, DeShon Thomas, had been sleeping on Mr. Ross’ couch for nearly 2 months after he and his mother had a disagreement. Neither Mr. Ross nor DeShon was at the apartment when the search warrant was executed. In fact, while Mr. Ross was at work during the time of his apartment being searched, DeShon and his mother had voluntarily gone to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to speak with the lead detective over the homicide investigation, because deputies had been harassing/stalking DeShon about coming to their office to talk. Once at their office, both DeShon and his mother quickly found themselves having to endure racist vulgar. After DeShon’s mother invoked their Miranda Rights they were ignored and then locked in an interview room—–being held against their will. The search warrant on Mr. Ross’ apartment was unbeknownst to DeShon and his mother.
The next day, they learned that during the search, then Leon County Sheriff’s Captain Robert Swearingen, the twin brother of now, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen, located small pots of soil with marijuana leaves sprouting from them in Mr. Ross’ bedroom closet. Their search warrant did not satisfy the Leon County Sheriff’s Office homicide investigation.
Both Mr. Ross and DeShon were charged with Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Note: DeShon and his mother appeared in Juvenile Court a number of 3 separate times. State Prosecutor Eric Trombley needed time to get sufficient probable cause to charge DeShon . Then the State Direct filed. Without evidence and before his mother could bond him out, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office swiftly charged DeShon with the murders.
Almost a year into DeShon’s judicial process, DeShon’s mother learned that the Leon County Sheriff’s Office did not have jurisdiction to serve or execute the search warrant at Mr. Ross’ apartment. There was never an arrest warrant issued for DeShon for Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Without any evidence against him, DeShon has been sentenced to spend Two (2) Life Sentences plus 30 years in prison.
Many defense attorneys—some working in the private practice and some working for the public defender’s office—are well aware of how their arguments against State Prosecutors fall on the deaf ears of judges—many to whom have worked for State Attorney Willie Meggs who was in office for more than 30 years. And many when then Chief Prosecutor Jack Campbell, the son of then Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell, uses his dad’s employees as witnesses.
Today, as State Attorney Jack Campbell heads the state attorney’s office, he and his lead investigator, Jason Newlin, continue to violate laws to get convictions.
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