Part 2: FLORIDA CIRCUIT JUDGE ASSIGNED TO PRESIDE OVER LAW PROFESSOR’S MURDER TRIAL HAS HISTORY OF RULING FAVORABLE FOR STATE PROSECUTORS

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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FLORIDA CIRCUIT JUDGE ASSIGNED TO PRESIDE OVER FSU LAW PROFESSOR’S MURDER TRIAL HAS HISTORY OF RULING FAVORABLE FOR STATE PROSECUTORS

Leon County, FL—On Friday, May 13, 2022, ABC affiliate WTXL 27 Tallahassee’s Multi-media Journalist, Jada Williams, posted online an article titled, “Pretrial hearing held before jury selection in Magbanua’s second trial.” The article gives an overview of what people who are following the case can expect during jury selection which is set to begin on Monday, May 16th of this year.

https://www.wtxl.com/news/local-news/pretrial-hearing-held-before-jury-selection-in-magbanuas-second-trial

As the article states, “Magbanua is charged with helping facilitate Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel’s murder in July 2014.”

After having served as a Leon County judge, Robert Wheeler, now a 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge, has the ability to serve not only in Leon County, but also in Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Liberty, and Franklin.

With respect, in part, to his communication with upcoming jurors on Monday, Circuit Judge Robert Wheeler told WTXL 27, “I’ll be there and ask questions in regards to publicity and what their knowledge is about the case.”    

JUDGE ROBERT WHEELER’S HISTORY OF RULING FAVORABLE FOR STATE PROSECUTORS

(…their knowledge is about the case. Does it really matter? Judge Wheeler has moved forward on at least one case with very little knowledge of his own about the case.)

On February 3, 2011, just a day after DeShon appeared in Juvenile Court before Circuit Judge Karen Giever’s—who granted State Prosecutor Eric Trombley’s motion to Direct File the charges against DeShon, he (DeShon) appeared in Adult Court for a first appearance via video from the Leon County Jail on the charges detailed in the probable cause for Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

A few minutes into DeShon’s hearing before Judge Robert Wheeler—Judge Wheeler realizes that there’s no warrant for DeShon’s arrest in the file. Instead of conferring solely with the clerk for clarification in regard to missing documentation of DeShon’s case, Judge Wheeler settles on the knowledge of the state prosecutor. The prosecutor then informs Judge Wheeler about information about DeShon that was brought up in a conversation amongst other state prosecutors, not in a legal document.

Almost instantly, Judge Wheeler begins to fall under the state prosecutor’s direction. Although DeShon’s public defender reminds Judge Wheeler that the issues on hand should be dealt with more so than charges that may or may not be brought against DeShon, Judge Wheeler allows the state prosecutor to continue to taint DeShon and the judicial process that guarantees fairness—without bias—violating his Sixth Amendment Right under the United States Constitution.

There should be no space in courtrooms for judges if they’re incompetent, non-law-abiding, and do not truly understand the importance of their sworn duties.

Click on the video to watch DeShon’s first appearance hearing on charges of Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia before Judge Robert Wheeler.

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