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Nyamodi Youth Case May Be Greatest African American Human Rights Struggle Of Modern Time: Falsified Police Records, Corruption, And Ties To North Carolina Sheriff’s Office Spell Old Racist South Tactics To Keep Black Youth In Captivity

When we speak of human rights and captivity it sparks painful reminders of America’s Bull Conner days in racist Alabama during the heights of the Civil Rights Movement in this country. In 2013 the U.S. has a black man seated in the oval office, and the racist days of human subjugation, persecution, and the brutalization of colored people in America are supposed to only be a memory of America’s ugliest and darkest days of the past. Sadly, some southern states along with it’s police, town councils, and peculiar legislation continue to remind the American public that the plight of black people in this country isn’t such a distant memory after all. In North Carolina a serious human rights case cries out to the masses to free one our indigenous children from the shackles of racism and injustice of North Carolina’s criminal justice system.

Police say 18 year old Shannon Nyamodi was the trigger man who shot a Franklin township North Carolina woman in the face late August in 2012, but the victim swore to cops that the youth wasn’t her assailant. In what police have described as a murder for hire scheme in which the victim’s own 15 year old daughter allegedly paid the Nyamodi youth with pills, sex, and cash has turned into perhaps one of the greatest human rights struggles in modern time. Documents obtained from the investigation paint a troubling and disturbing culture of corruption within this small southern town’s sheriff department.

The Sheriff whose agency is conducting the investigation into this violent crime (Jerry W. Jones) is believed to be a relative of two individuals that several witnesses within the community have stated were the actual perpetrators of this horrible crime. The victim Rhonda Maclean, 43 told cops that night that Shannon Nyamodi wasn’t the person who shot her in the face. Reports from the Youngstown police department supports her claims, and convey that the shooter had already fled the scene, while the Nyamodi youth was still there after coming to the wounded woman’s aid when she fled her home with her assailant and her own daughter searching her bedroom to steal a bank bag containing $65,000.00 dollars.

Maclean was an employee of a local Franklin county Dentist office who transported cash on a regular basis for her employer, and cash she was known to have in her home is believed to be the motive for this crime. Despite Nyamodi coming to the injured woman’s aid, remaining at the scene of the crime, and giving the cops a statement that night, he was still some how implicated in the home invasion. The victim even told police that her daughter was involved in her shooting and robbery at the home. Nyamodi’s mother says her son bares a striking resemblance to her and as she walks throughout the community, a volume of citizens have approached her, while conveying “Your Shannon’s mom right? You know he didn’t do it right?”

In fact there are a volume of people, including witnesses from the scene that night who say that another man name Derrick was the actual shooter, and several people say he boastfully bragged about committing the crime hours after the shooting occurred. Additionally, the man along with his brother Steven who citizens in the surrounding community named as the perpetrators, posted images on social media with one of them posing with a volume of cash the very next day. The man was also wearing clothing identical to what witness say the perpetrator was wearing the night he was observed fleeing from the scene.

Considering the magnitude of these facts it’s troubling that a young black man remains behind bars in a North Carolina jail cell when compelling evidence exist which exonerate him from involvement in the crime. TPC’s investigation into this case reveals disturbing information related to not only the Franklin county Sheriff department, but the town council as well. Sheriff Jerry W. Jones has a storied past in which he was actually removed from office when he lost his bid for reelection of the county’s Sheriff post, but some how county officials were able to remove the elected sheriff, and reinstated Jones as the appointed Sheriff for the county. TPC is currently looking into what exactly happened in the incident.

However, Sheriff Jones bares a striking resemblance to Derrick and Steven who citizens have fingered for the crime. Rumors circulating throughout the community establishing that the pair are in fact relatives of the Sheriff only heightens suspicion that something is drastically amiss with the prosecution of young Shannon Nyamodi. The strange circumstance related to $61,000.00 dollars of the stolen money along with the alleged weapon used in the shooting, somehow, strangely, and mysteriously being obtained by the sheriff’s office a very short time after the crime, gives rumors of the sheriff’s possible involvement a tremendous amount of credibility. Shannon Nyamodi and the alleged 15 year old accomplice were both in custody at the time the evidence was discovered. Common sense makes it clear that at least one other person either had the items and prompted police regarding the items location, or the sheriff’s office had advance insight into who the perpetrators were beyond what they have disclosed publicly.

Shaky Case from The Start

While viewing documents in the case TPC discovered that Nyamodi’s arrest wasn’t simply a mere rush to judgement. Details within police reports demonstrate that the youth was targeted based on very weak, and unsubstantiated facts in the case. The duty report of Youngstown Lt. Little indicates that an alleged CI (Confidential Informant) told him that another man overheard a conversation between the victim’s daughter and Shannon Nyamodi planning to kill her mother weeks prior to the actual crime. The fact that those details suddenly were made known to cops after the incident, cast serious credibility of the CI’s motivation for telling police now, and arouses serious integrity issues which question why the information wasn’t provided sooner to preempt such a violent crime. The officer requested the man overhearing the allege conversation come into the office to give a statement. There are no records in the case file which suggest that cops ever met with the man, as witness statements of this nature are typically provided in writing at police request, which is a normal standard operation procedure.

In fact, these hearsay statements appear to be how cops made young Shannon a suspect in the case. The report also reveals statement’s from the victim who implicated her own daughter in the crime. Rhonda Maclean told cops that her daughter didn’t assist her after she became aware of her mother’s injuries. Maclean also said she overheard her daughter telling someone to come up here moments after being shot. Maclean’s insistence that Nyamodi wasn’t the person who shot her, highlights how the hearsay comments implicating Nyamodi is why the cops should have been more diligent in pursuing other leads in the case.

 

Elizabeth Crudup who is Shannon Nyamodi’s mother, says the story that police used to arrest her soon was just simply crazy and bizarre. The mom says her son was in a very committed relationship and it’s doubtful that he would have been having sex with the victim’s daughter. The cops also told news media outlets that Shannon was known to frequent the home of the teen girl and her mother, but Ms. Crudup says although her son and the teen girl attended the same school, her son didn’t know the girl. According to Lt. M. Little’s incident report, a grandmother from a neighboring home where the crime occurred (116 Shearin Court) told police that Shannon stays in the truck outside of their home sometimes. Her statements substantiate that Shannon was known to sleep in the truck at his friend’s house adjacent to the Maclean home, and supports Shannon’s statement that he was asleep in his truck when he was awakened by gunfire. The officer’s report also indicates that during his initial questioning of the victim, that she said she saw a man in her house and asked her daughter what was he doing here, before being struck with a pipe.

The victim actually saw the man who attacked her and subsequently shot her in the face. If that person was in fact Shannon Nyamodi she would have been able to tell police that he was her assailant. That’s not what happened, the woman told police the exact opposite, and it’s unclear why cops suddenly obtained an arrest warrant for Shannon Nyamodi the same day of the shooting during such early stages of their criminal investigation into the crime. The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. on the 16th of August 2012, and by 3:10 p.m. late that afternoon, according to his Arrest Warrant Notice of Service, cops apparently had obtained enough information to charge Shannon with attempted murder. It’s interesting to note that police believed they had sufficient probable cause in only a 12 hour time frame to charge Shannon Nyamodi with stealing the victim’s .22 caliber  rifle (suspected to have been used in the crime), and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the woman’s shooting.

A search warrant for 109 Shearin Court where the shooting occurred was obtained and executed on August 16, 2012 also. The warrant gave search and seizure authorization for a variety of potential forensic evidence which could identify possible suspects in the crime. Considering the turn around most DNA samples require for processing and authentication, it’s simply miraculous that the cops were able to name anyone as a possible suspect within 12 hours, when DNA samples hadn’t been obtained from the victim, nor the two alleged suspects in the case. Moreover, any finger prints obtained from the crime scene couldn’t have been linked to Shannon Nyamodi, because the youth didn’t have a criminal past, his latent prints wouldn’t have been in any local or national databases like the National Criminal Investigation Center (NCIC), and the youth had not been taken into custody, finger printed and booked on the charges yet.

Therefore, Shannon’s arrest is highly suspicious when we evaluate the time it takes most most police agencies investigating serious crimes of this nature to process forensic evidence.  It’s even more confusing that cops charged Shannon with larceny of the victim’s .22 caliber rifle, when the search warrant for the victim’s residence has her .22 caliber rifle listed within the inventory of items seized from her home when they searched the premises. View the search and seizure warrant from 109 Shearin Court below:

Following the logical process that police would take while establishing the perpetrators, motive, and culpable evidence to secure a conviction in this crime it’s understandable that warrants and other court ordered procedures should take place as part of the criminal justice process. So, it’s just bizarre that a search warrant was issued for Shannon Nyamodi’s residence but was never executed. It’s not quite clear how police planned to establish or prove as a matter of fact that Shannon had stolen the victim’s rifle. Keep in mind there couldn’t have been DNA evidence nor fingerprint trace evidence linking the youth to the crime at the time of his arrest (3:10 p.m. 8/16/2012), which heightens suspicion that the youth was locked up prematurely. Besides the sheriff’s was supposed to have obtained possession of the weapon a short time after the crime. See Shannon’s search and seizure, and arrest warrant below:

 

Furthermore, It’s troubling that Shannon Nyamodi was arrested in such short period of time, when according to Lt. M. Little’s report, he hadn’t obtained information from the CI (who says another man implicated Nyamodi) until 4:30 p.m. on August 17, 2012 which was the following day after the shoting. Police have conveyed to the media exactly what the unidentified witness told cops, establishing what appears to be their only probable cause for arresting the youth. Hearsay is typically never allowed to be entered into evidence in a court of law, especially statements of the he said, she said variety. The sheriff’s office were either psychic having knowledge that a witness would be coming forward with information to implicate Shannon, causing them to decide to arrest him before hand, or they arrested the youth and fabricated a story about his involvement. The evidence points to the later of these scenarios.

Human Rights Violation

It’s simply unconscionable that the 15 year daughter of the victim, whom her mother has implicated as being complicit in her shooting and robbery, had her case disposed of in the juvenile courts while young Shannon Nyamodi remains locked up in a North Carolina jail cell. The child who was already embroiled in the juvenile justice system and on probation, somehow was able to wiggle her way out of prosecution for the crime all together, and is walking free today. That extremely alarming fact pertaining to the case juxtapose to the victim having told cops that Shannon wasn’t her assailant, perhaps is the greatest crime surrounding the entire ordeal.

Elizabeth Crudup tells TPC that her family retained well known criminal defense attorney (a former North Carolina state prosecutor) Maitry “Mike” Klinkosum to represent her son. She believes that Klinkosum has been counter productive in assisting her son in gaining his freedom. Crudup says early on when it became clear that Klinkosum wasn’t acting in the best interest on her son’s behalf, he was instructed to stay away from Shannon. The family was in the process of retaining a $30,000.00 check Klinkosum received for Shannon’s defense when he went behind their backs, visited Shannon at the jail, and tricked the youth into signing documents which named him his legal counsel.

Crudup justifies the family’s earlier fears regarding Klinkosum’s representation of Shannon by pointing out that he continues to encourage the youth to “take a deal” with the state on his attempted murder charges. Ms. Crudup says that her son has been defiant at such request, because he knows that he is innocent and simply came to the victim’s aid in this case. Klinkosum manipulated the family and had himself established on record as Shannon’s legal counsel, and displayed his poor representation of the youth by agreeing to allow the state to shelf Shannon Nyamodi’s criminal case in the North Carolina court management docket system archives indefinitely. A move that has caused the youth to remain locked up for over a year with no indication by the state of their plans to resume prosecution of him.

Shannon Nyamodi is in fact being held in captivity by the State of North Carolina with no legal proceedings pending against him. No criminal case against Shannon can be found within the state’s entire criminal database. On what grounds are they holding him? His case is a direct human rights concern for all American citizens, as his constitutional right to a speedy trial, and civil rights have been violated in a case that State prosecutors have not shown any signs of addressing anytime soon. View the Judge’s order below, granting a motion by the state  to remove Shannon Nyamodi’s case from the court management docket system, until such time the state’s attorney puts it back on:

case removal

Corruption

None of the paperwork TPC has obtained in the Shannon Nyamodi case appear to be very compelling to establish the youth’s involvement in this crime, but only records from the Youngstown police department were made available. The sheriff’s office has denied access to any records pertaining to this case, despite the fact they are public record and in violation of North Carolina statue. A freedom of Information Act request will more than likely have to be made in order to obtain what information they have justifying Shannon’s charges, and subsequent cause for continued detention.

It doesn’t take rocket science to conclude that their case against Shannon is weak. Records indicate that a police official with access to the case file went so far as to falsify the Franklin County Sheriff’s Application for a Search Warrant submitted by Cpt. William J. Mitchell. The document was submitted on August 17, 2012 with seven probable causes for the warrant being granted. However, a hand written addendum as the eighth probable cause for the warrant was added on the document, and that item states that Shannon Nyamodi had confessed to the conspiracy to commit murder and did admit to the involvement of the 15 year old co defendant listed in the case. The hand written supplement to the document is suspect at the very least. Although the addendum has the author’s initials listed in the are where it was imputed, there clearly was no effort to type a supplement to the document, and signed by the author which is typically done with official records that are being presented to a judge or magistrate related to a felony crime.

It’s also highly doubtful that the composer of the application would forget to include such a valuable piece of information. Let’s be realistic, Shannon was suppose to have allegedly confessed to the crime, and the officer forgot to include that as part of his application is what the handwritten addendum on the application tells us. I’m not buying it, and it appears that some one simply went to the case file and wrote that information in to bolster probable cause to obtain a search warrant.  View the Application for a search warrant below:

When a suspect is questioned or interrogated for a crime, the interview is typically recorded in some fashion. If the suspect confesses to a crime, that’s usually recorded separately because it’s the most compelling evidence a prosecutor can present to a judge or jury during court proceedings, and also normally results in a plea of guilty or a plea deal. Often times police officials request that the suspect write his confession in his own words. No documentation or recordings exist that would suggest that Shannon had confessed to the crime. If the prosecutor has such compelling evidence against Shannon in this case, it should be a slam dunk, and know need for the state to hide the case within it’s docket archives. The youth’s mother told TPC that he has been consistent with his position that he isn’t guilty of any wrong doing in this crime. Many followers of this story believe that the state along with Shannon’s own defense counsel are attempting to wear him down in hopes that he will eventually plea guilty to at least some aspect of the charges against him. For all intent and purposes and from what his mother has indicated to TPC, that will never happen. Mean while a habeas corpus document, which would compel the court to immediately bring Shannon Nyamodi in to court to secure his release or present evidence for his lawful detention, has been submitted to the court, and to the warden of the correctional facility where Shannon is being detained.

On July 26, 2013 Judge Henry W. Hight Jr. issued an order in the case which was for the purpose of determining to release the $61,000.00 dollars that the sheriff’s office had obtained as evidence in the case, back to the victim. All parties to the proceedings, including the state’s attorney, counsel for the unnamed juvenile, and attorney Klinkosum representing Shannon Nyamodi, all had sufficient opportunity to do testing for trace evidence on the money. The juvenile’s counsel declined testing, and Klinkosum only took pictures while examining the money, and the state advised the court that it had no desire to test the money. Therefore, Judge Hight released the cash back to Ms. Maclean. This would establish that the state doesn’t even have forensic evidence linking Shannon to the money taken in the home invasion and shooting. The entire case against this young man stinks, but they have held him in captivity for over a year, while essentially hiding his court file within their archives indefinitely. We pray that he will make an appearance in court soon to establish what grounds he is currently being incarcerated. We pray that God moves on behalf of this youth and his mother. Please continue to follow this gripping human rights story. View Judge Hight’s order releasing the money back to the victim below:

The rumors circulating around in Franklin County, North Carolina indicating that the sheriff investigating this crime is in fact related to two other man that a volume of citizens have publicly named as the actual perpetrators in this crime sure bare a striking resemblance of the County’s sheriff  whose agency investigated this case. Take a look for yourself.

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When we speak of human rights and captivity it sparks painful reminders of America’s Bull Conner days in racist Alabama during the heights of the Civil Rights Movement in this country. In 2013 the U.S. has a black man seated in the oval office, and the racist days of human subjugation, persecution, and the brutalization of colored people in America are supposed to only be a memory of America’s ugliest and darkest days of the past. Sadly, some southern states along with it’s police, town councils, and peculiar legislation continue to remind the American public that the plight of black people in this country isn’t such a distant memory after all. In North Carolina a serious human rights case cries out to the masses to free one our indigenous children from the shackles of racism and injustice of North Carolina’s criminal justice system.

Police say 18 year old Shannon Nyamodi was the trigger man who shot a Franklin township North Carolina woman in the face late August in 2012, but the victim swore to cops that the youth wasn’t her assailant. In what police have described as a murder for hire scheme in which the victim’s own 15 year old daughter allegedly paid the Nyamodi youth with pills, sex, and cash has turned into perhaps one of the greatest human rights struggles in modern time. Documents obtained from the investigation paint a troubling and disturbing culture of corruption within this small southern town’s sheriff department.

The Sheriff whose agency is conducting the investigation into this violent crime (Jerry W. Jones) is believed to be a relative of two individuals that several witnesses within the community have stated were the actual perpetrators of this horrible crime. The victim Rhonda Maclean, 43 told cops that night that Shannon Nyamodi wasn’t the person who shot her in the face. Reports from the Youngstown police department supports her claims, and convey that the shooter had already fled the scene, while the Nyamodi youth was still there after coming to the wounded woman’s aid when she fled her home with her assailant and her own daughter searching her bedroom to steal a bank bag containing $65,000.00 dollars.

Maclean was an employee of a local Franklin county Dentist office who transported cash on a regular basis for her employer, and cash she was known to have in her home is believed to be the motive for this crime. Despite Nyamodi coming to the injured woman’s aid, remaining at the scene of the crime, and giving the cops a statement that night, he was still some how implicated in the home invasion. The victim even told police that her daughter was involved in her shooting and robbery at the home. Nyamodi’s mother says her son bares a striking resemblance to her and as she walks throughout the community, a volume of citizens have approached her, while conveying “Your Shannon’s mom right? You know he didn’t do it right?”

In fact there are a volume of people, including witnesses from the scene that night who say that another man name Derrick was the actual shooter, and several people say he boastfully bragged about committing the crime hours after the shooting occurred. Additionally, the man along with his brother Steven who citizens in the surrounding community named as the perpetrators, posted images on social media with one of them posing with a volume of cash the very next day. The man was also wearing clothing identical to what witness say the perpetrator was wearing the night he was observed fleeing from the scene.

Considering the magnitude of these facts it’s troubling that a young black man remains behind bars in a North Carolina jail cell when compelling evidence exist which exonerate him from involvement in the crime. TPC’s investigation into this case reveals disturbing information related to not only the Franklin county Sheriff department, but the town council as well. Sheriff Jerry W. Jones has a storied past in which he was actually removed from office when he lost his bid for reelection of the county’s Sheriff post, but some how county officials were able to remove the elected sheriff, and reinstated Jones as the appointed Sheriff for the county. TPC is currently looking into what exactly happened in the incident.

However, Sheriff Jones bares a striking resemblance to Derrick and Steven who citizens have fingered for the crime. Rumors circulating throughout the community establishing that the pair are in fact relatives of the Sheriff only heightens suspicion that something is drastically amiss with the prosecution of young Shannon Nyamodi. The strange circumstance related to $61,000.00 dollars of the stolen money along with the alleged weapon used in the shooting, somehow, strangely, and mysteriously being obtained by the sheriff’s office a very short time after the crime, gives rumors of the sheriff’s possible involvement a tremendous amount of credibility. Shannon Nyamodi and the alleged 15 year old accomplice were both in custody at the time the evidence was discovered. Common sense makes it clear that at least one other person either had the items and prompted police regarding the items location, or the sheriff’s office had advance insight into who the perpetrators were beyond what they have disclosed publicly.

Shaky Case from The Start

While viewing documents in the case TPC discovered that Nyamodi’s arrest wasn’t simply a mere rush to judgement. Details within police reports demonstrate that the youth was targeted based on very weak, and unsubstantiated facts in the case. The duty report of Youngstown Lt. Little indicates that an alleged CI (Confidential Informant) told him that another man overheard a conversation between the victim’s daughter and Shannon Nyamodi planning to kill her mother weeks prior to the actual crime. The fact that those details suddenly were made known to cops after the incident, cast serious credibility of the CI’s motivation for telling police now, and arouses serious integrity issues which question why the information wasn’t provided sooner to preempt such a violent crime. The officer requested the man overhearing the allege conversation come into the office to give a statement. There are no records in the case file which suggest that cops ever met with the man, as witness statements of this nature are typically provided in writing at police request, which is a normal standard operation procedure.

In fact, these hearsay statements appear to be how cops made young Shannon a suspect in the case. The report also reveals statement’s from the victim who implicated her own daughter in the crime. Rhonda Maclean told cops that her daughter didn’t assist her after she became aware of her mother’s injuries. Maclean also said she overheard her daughter telling someone to come up here moments after being shot. Maclean’s insistence that Nyamodi wasn’t the person who shot her, highlights how the hearsay comments implicating Nyamodi is why the cops should have been more diligent in pursuing other leads in the case.

 

Elizabeth Crudup who is Shannon Nyamodi’s mother, says the story that police used to arrest her soon was just simply crazy and bizarre. The mom says her son was in a very committed relationship and it’s doubtful that he would have been having sex with the victim’s daughter. The cops also told news media outlets that Shannon was known to frequent the home of the teen girl and her mother, but Ms. Crudup says although her son and the teen girl attended the same school, her son didn’t know the girl. According to Lt. M. Little’s incident report, a grandmother from a neighboring home where the crime occurred (116 Shearin Court) told police that Shannon stays in the truck outside of their home sometimes. Her statements substantiate that Shannon was known to sleep in the truck at his friend’s house adjacent to the Maclean home, and supports Shannon’s statement that he was asleep in his truck when he was awakened by gunfire. The officer’s report also indicates that during his initial questioning of the victim, that she said she saw a man in her house and asked her daughter what was he doing here, before being struck with a pipe.

The victim actually saw the man who attacked her and subsequently shot her in the face. If that person was in fact Shannon Nyamodi she would have been able to tell police that he was her assailant. That’s not what happened, the woman told police the exact opposite, and it’s unclear why cops suddenly obtained an arrest warrant for Shannon Nyamodi the same day of the shooting during such early stages of their criminal investigation into the crime. The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. on the 16th of August 2012, and by 3:10 p.m. late that afternoon, according to his Arrest Warrant Notice of Service, cops apparently had obtained enough information to charge Shannon with attempted murder. It’s interesting to note that police believed they had sufficient probable cause in only a 12 hour time frame to charge Shannon Nyamodi with stealing the victim’s .22 caliber  rifle (suspected to have been used in the crime), and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the woman’s shooting.

A search warrant for 109 Shearin Court where the shooting occurred was obtained and executed on August 16, 2012 also. The warrant gave search and seizure authorization for a variety of potential forensic evidence which could identify possible suspects in the crime. Considering the turn around most DNA samples require for processing and authentication, it’s simply miraculous that the cops were able to name anyone as a possible suspect within 12 hours, when DNA samples hadn’t been obtained from the victim, nor the two alleged suspects in the case. Moreover, any finger prints obtained from the crime scene couldn’t have been linked to Shannon Nyamodi, because the youth didn’t have a criminal past, his latent prints wouldn’t have been in any local or national databases like the National Criminal Investigation Center (NCIC), and the youth had not been taken into custody, finger printed and booked on the charges yet.

Therefore, Shannon’s arrest is highly suspicious when we evaluate the time it takes most most police agencies investigating serious crimes of this nature to process forensic evidence.  It’s even more confusing that cops charged Shannon with larceny of the victim’s .22 caliber rifle, when the search warrant for the victim’s residence has her .22 caliber rifle listed within the inventory of items seized from her home when they searched the premises. View the search and seizure warrant from 109 Shearin Court below:

Following the logical process that police would take while establishing the perpetrators, motive, and culpable evidence to secure a conviction in this crime it’s understandable that warrants and other court ordered procedures should take place as part of the criminal justice process. So, it’s just bizarre that a search warrant was issued for Shannon Nyamodi’s residence but was never executed. It’s not quite clear how police planned to establish or prove as a matter of fact that Shannon had stolen the victim’s rifle. Keep in mind there couldn’t have been DNA evidence nor fingerprint trace evidence linking the youth to the crime at the time of his arrest (3:10 p.m. 8/16/2012), which heightens suspicion that the youth was locked up prematurely. Besides the sheriff’s was supposed to have obtained possession of the weapon a short time after the crime. See Shannon’s search and seizure, and arrest warrant below:

 

Furthermore, It’s troubling that Shannon Nyamodi was arrested in such short period of time, when according to Lt. M. Little’s report, he hadn’t obtained information from the CI (who says another man implicated Nyamodi) until 4:30 p.m. on August 17, 2012 which was the following day after the shoting. Police have conveyed to the media exactly what the unidentified witness told cops, establishing what appears to be their only probable cause for arresting the youth. Hearsay is typically never allowed to be entered into evidence in a court of law, especially statements of the he said, she said variety. The sheriff’s office were either psychic having knowledge that a witness would be coming forward with information to implicate Shannon, causing them to decide to arrest him before hand, or they arrested the youth and fabricated a story about his involvement. The evidence points to the later of these scenarios.

Human Rights Violation

It’s simply unconscionable that the 15 year daughter of the victim, whom her mother has implicated as being complicit in her shooting and robbery, had her case disposed of in the juvenile courts while young Shannon Nyamodi remains locked up in a North Carolina jail cell. The child who was already embroiled in the juvenile justice system and on probation, somehow was able to wiggle her way out of prosecution for the crime all together, and is walking free today. That extremely alarming fact pertaining to the case juxtapose to the victim having told cops that Shannon wasn’t her assailant, perhaps is the greatest crime surrounding the entire ordeal.

Elizabeth Crudup tells TPC that her family retained well known criminal defense attorney (a former North Carolina state prosecutor) Maitry “Mike” Klinkosum to represent her son. She believes that Klinkosum has been counter productive in assisting her son in gaining his freedom. Crudup says early on when it became clear that Klinkosum wasn’t acting in the best interest on her son’s behalf, he was instructed to stay away from Shannon. The family was in the process of retaining a $30,000.00 check Klinkosum received for Shannon’s defense when he went behind their backs, visited Shannon at the jail, and tricked the youth into signing documents which named him his legal counsel.

Crudup justifies the family’s earlier fears regarding Klinkosum’s representation of Shannon by pointing out that he continues to encourage the youth to “take a deal” with the state on his attempted murder charges. Ms. Crudup says that her son has been defiant at such request, because he knows that he is innocent and simply came to the victim’s aid in this case. Klinkosum manipulated the family and had himself established on record as Shannon’s legal counsel, and displayed his poor representation of the youth by agreeing to allow the state to shelf Shannon Nyamodi’s criminal case in the North Carolina court management docket system archives indefinitely. A move that has caused the youth to remain locked up for over a year with no indication by the state of their plans to resume prosecution of him.

Shannon Nyamodi is in fact being held in captivity by the State of North Carolina with no legal proceedings pending against him. No criminal case against Shannon can be found within the state’s entire criminal database. On what grounds are they holding him? His case is a direct human rights concern for all American citizens, as his constitutional right to a speedy trial, and civil rights have been violated in a case that State prosecutors have not shown any signs of addressing anytime soon. View the Judge’s order below, granting a motion by the state  to remove Shannon Nyamodi’s case from the court management docket system, until such time the state’s attorney puts it back on:

case removal

Corruption

None of the paperwork TPC has obtained in the Shannon Nyamodi case appear to be very compelling to establish the youth’s involvement in this crime, but only records from the Youngstown police department were made available. The sheriff’s office has denied access to any records pertaining to this case, despite the fact they are public record and in violation of North Carolina statue. A freedom of Information Act request will more than likely have to be made in order to obtain what information they have justifying Shannon’s charges, and subsequent cause for continued detention.

It doesn’t take rocket science to conclude that their case against Shannon is weak. Records indicate that a police official with access to the case file went so far as to falsify the Franklin County Sheriff’s Application for a Search Warrant submitted by Cpt. William J. Mitchell. The document was submitted on August 17, 2012 with seven probable causes for the warrant being granted. However, a hand written addendum as the eighth probable cause for the warrant was added on the document, and that item states that Shannon Nyamodi had confessed to the conspiracy to commit murder and did admit to the involvement of the 15 year old co defendant listed in the case. The hand written supplement to the document is suspect at the very least. Although the addendum has the author’s initials listed in the are where it was imputed, there clearly was no effort to type a supplement to the document, and signed by the author which is typically done with official records that are being presented to a judge or magistrate related to a felony crime.

It’s also highly doubtful that the composer of the application would forget to include such a valuable piece of information. Let’s be realistic, Shannon was suppose to have allegedly confessed to the crime, and the officer forgot to include that as part of his application is what the handwritten addendum on the application tells us. I’m not buying it, and it appears that some one simply went to the case file and wrote that information in to bolster probable cause to obtain a search warrant.  View the Application for a search warrant below:

When a suspect is questioned or interrogated for a crime, the interview is typically recorded in some fashion. If the suspect confesses to a crime, that’s usually recorded separately because it’s the most compelling evidence a prosecutor can present to a judge or jury during court proceedings, and also normally results in a plea of guilty or a plea deal. Often times police officials request that the suspect write his confession in his own words. No documentation or recordings exist that would suggest that Shannon had confessed to the crime. If the prosecutor has such compelling evidence against Shannon in this case, it should be a slam dunk, and know need for the state to hide the case within it’s docket archives. The youth’s mother told TPC that he has been consistent with his position that he isn’t guilty of any wrong doing in this crime. Many followers of this story believe that the state along with Shannon’s own defense counsel are attempting to wear him down in hopes that he will eventually plea guilty to at least some aspect of the charges against him. For all intent and purposes and from what his mother has indicated to TPC, that will never happen. Mean while a habeas corpus document, which would compel the court to immediately bring Shannon Nyamodi in to court to secure his release or present evidence for his lawful detention, has been submitted to the court, and to the warden of the correctional facility where Shannon is being detained.

On July 26, 2013 Judge Henry W. Hight Jr. issued an order in the case which was for the purpose of determining to release the $61,000.00 dollars that the sheriff’s office had obtained as evidence in the case, back to the victim. All parties to the proceedings, including the state’s attorney, counsel for the unnamed juvenile, and attorney Klinkosum representing Shannon Nyamodi, all had sufficient opportunity to do testing for trace evidence on the money. The juvenile’s counsel declined testing, and Klinkosum only took pictures while examining the money, and the state advised the court that it had no desire to test the money. Therefore, Judge Hight released the cash back to Ms. Maclean. This would establish that the state doesn’t even have forensic evidence linking Shannon to the money taken in the home invasion and shooting. The entire case against this young man stinks, but they have held him in captivity for over a year, while essentially hiding his court file within their archives indefinitely. We pray that he will make an appearance in court soon to establish what grounds he is currently being incarcerated. We pray that God moves on behalf of this youth and his mother. Please continue to follow this gripping human rights story. View Judge Hight’s order releasing the money back to the victim below:

The rumors circulating around in Franklin County, North Carolina indicating that the sheriff investigating this crime is in fact related to two other man that a volume of citizens have publicly named as the actual perpetrators in this crime sure bare a striking resemblance of the County’s sheriff  whose agency investigated this case. Take a look for yourself.

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