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The Tragedy Of An Entire Baltimore Family’s Murder By Drug Dealers: Dawson Safe Haven Community Center Erected At Sight Of House Fire In Memory Of Slain Family

She wasn’t a typical Baltimore mother, passionate, tough, and a woman who cared about the community that her children were growing up in. Angela Dawson and her husband Carnell were raising 6 kids in a small neighborhood tucked away behind the infamous Greenmount Cemetery in a gritty section of East Baltimore, where the remains of John Wilkes Booth are interned, and one of many poor sections of the city known to residents as Oliver.

The landscape of the Dawson family’s home was no different from other parts of town, where urban blight was common place. Oliver and surrounding communities had boarded up houses that emerged during the onset of high drug traffic, homicides, and other violent crimes that has permeated the predominately African American community for decades. Like much of the city, Oliver’s abandoned housing problem left many streets with just a few residents still living on the block. The seemingly abandoned neighborhoods gave way to a proliferation of drug soliciting that brought addicts into the community, who descended on the neighborhood like the walking dead.

Drug dealers pounce on blocks that hold few residents, because the cops usually don’t patrol streets that have little to no activity. That’s when Angela Dawson took action and began a consistent campaign to rid her block of drug activity, so her kids could at least play on the streets and sidewalks near their own home. Her constant complaints to police resulted in conflicts with local dealers who used intimidation tactics in retaliation for disrupting their drug operations.

Baltimore Police say that Angela Dawson called the police to report drug activity on her block 109 times between 2000 and 2002, After Angela had repeatedly alerted police to drug dealing, assault, and other crime.  In retaliation for reporting crime to police the Dawsons endured repeated vandalism of their home, and then on October 3, 2002, an arsonist threw a molotov cocktail through a window of the Dawson home. A neighbor, Darrell L. Brooks was suspected of committing that crime, but despite the man (21) being on probation for car theft, reports indicate that the probation officer assigned to him never contacted him even when Brooks failed to contact his PO.

Just thirteen days later the convicted criminal kicked down the door of the Dawson home during the early morning hours while the family slept, doused the home with gasoline and set it ablaze. Carnell Dawson was able to jump out of a window to the house, but subccumbed to his injuries days later. Angela and five of her six children perished in the fire, creating outcry over the magnitude of the crime that was only matched by the frustration expressed by many residents who simply could not believe that city officials, who were aware of the escalating violence, had been unable to protect the family. While authorities were strongly criticized by the public over the killing of an entire family by drug dealers, City officials defended their actions, saying an offer to relocate the family was refused.

The charred home of the Dawson family after it was firebombed in retaliation for reporting crime to police…

Some community leaders argue that police and investigators often meet a wall of silence when crimes occur in the city, people are witnesses to shootings and killings, know exactly who did it, and want tell the police fearing the kind of retaliation that happened to the Dawson Family. However, leaders believe the city should have been more proactive in insuring the family’s safety. Angela Dawson was seen by many as an “anti drug crusader,” a trait rarely possessed by citizens living in Baltimore and other urban settings around the country, and many following this tragic story believe that the police should have protected the family, despite their unwillingness to relocate.

Now, it was more obvious than ever that the Dawson killings showed how far Baltimore’s drug rings would go to retaliate against someone who interfered with their operations. A street code of silence has always been the order of the day in Baltimore, and an immature DVD called “stop snitching” is the anthem used by criminals in the city that was produced by a Baltimore drug dealer. The culture of crime and violence has created a long lasting  and uneven cooperation between police and the citizens they are sworn to protect, and leaving a culture of fear within many communities while criminals operate with impunity.

After the Dawson murders the city and community leaders sought to redevelop the Oliver community, and spent a $1 million dollars to rebuild the structure that was once the Dawson Family home. Erected in its place out of tragedy rose something positive, The Dawson Safe Haven offers a program where kids, mostly from poor homes, could come after school for a snack, to play games, do home work, and other activities designed to protect the kids in Oliver, from the pervasive culture of drugs and violence. The program is a benchmark for the community, honoring the memory of a senseless tragedy while protecting young children, ironically in the same manner that Angela Dawson sought for her kids.

The Dawson Save Haven Community Center, erected on the site where a firebomb charred a home killing the entire family, in the Oliver section of East Baltimore…

While the charred smell from a burnt building no longer stings the air, echoes of the Dawson family attack still linger, as the Oliver Community and other sections of Baltimore City continue to struggle with the problems of drugs, and violence. Yet, the brazen and heartless nature of the crime that snuffed out the Dawson’s, is one of the saddest stories a city could ever tell. After rigorous efforts to rid her street with drugs and violence, constant dispute and retaliation from criminals, the story ends with Mrs. Dawson and five of her youngest children (ages 9-14), burning to death in an engulfed bedroom, and a young man from down the street in jail.

In Baltimore the Oliver Community is one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods of one of America’s most violent cities. People are used to the makeshift memorials marking sidewalks where their sons and daughters fell. Gun violence as the result of drugs have emptied many bedrooms, but most can’t ever recall an entire household, with five children being wiped out at once.

Te neighborhood where the Dawson’s lived is known as the badlands. More than half of the row houses are boarded, and the streets are now held down by young teenagers in puffy coats watching over their shoulders as they move through the community. Despite the eerie feeling lingering around the block, that made the most hardened and tough men tear up after the Dawson family home was firebombed, there is still positive change that can be seen. Other city and state agencies have established programs in Oliver to combat the proliferation of drugs. Baltimore is the most violent of the nation’s 20 largest cities.

The city, which has made strides fighting crimes, has one of the largest per capita rates of intravenous drug use. Residents who remember Angela Dawson say she was a lively person and a great mother, who would often be seen playing ball in the streets with her boys, and shooing away drug dealers from around her children. People in Oliver say they will not be intimidated by what happened to the Dawson family, and police have vowed to crack down of offenders who intimidate citizens, but reality is different. Oliver remains a poor community struggling to emerge from its dark past, and using the Dawson safe Haven Center as a guiding light of hope. After 15 years, the bitterness and sadness is still felt within the community, when residents walk by, or dropped their children off at the center.

Not long ago the sounds of the Dawson children playing in the streets were echoed on the block. Today there are still sounds of children, but they’re kids safely snuggled inside a building and on the grounds where the previous occupants were martyrs, seemingly to save the lives of countless other children. There names are fresh in the minds of people who had kids that played with the Dawson kids, and while they are all gone now, they will forever be remembered by a community still struggling to exist. In their memory!


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Chicago Teen’s Death Sparks Outrage: Kenneka Jenkins Was Found Dead In A Hotel Freezer, While Friends Claim They Don’t Know What Happened

When 19=year-old Kenneka Jenkins got permission to borrow her mothers car to celebrate her girl friend’s birthday, it was suppose to be a night of fun filled partying as the youth settled in at a Chicago area hotel. A volume of video clips shared from party goers cellphones, depict an atmosphere of loud music, drinking, and marijuana usage. It’s a typical teen party, but many question why the party was being held at a hotel? Additionally, Kenneka and many of the females seen at the event were dressed wearing half shirts with an excessive amount of cleavage being displayed. Still the scene is reminiscent of a typical modern teen party.

But something happened that hasn’t fully been brought out into the open. Some how young Kenneka became separated from her best friend at the party, was allegedly declared missing (that’s what they told the teen’s mother at least), and was later subsequently found dead inside a large walk in freezer at the hotel where the party was being held. The limited facts about this tragic case have been confusing and contradicting to say the least. This has caused a backlash from the public towards Kenneka’s so called best friend Monifa, whose birthday party was being held.

Also, a Facebook live video which has gone viral:

Is a very disturbing video, because sound analyse have produced edited excerpts from the footage that seem to suggest that young Kenneka may have been raped, and that the other three females captured in the video were present during the suspected sexual assault. In the edited audio evidence produced by independent sound technicians, one of the young women at the party appears to have said “they are stupid for raping her.” In another portion of the clip, technicians highlight a part of the sound that offers apparent moaning, a female voice in what sounds like a subtle utterance pleading for help. Precisely at that moment someone turns up the music, seeming to drown out the sounds in the background.

You decide for yourself if there is any credibility to the alleged rape scenario by listening to the edited and enhanced audio done on the video from the hotel room that I have obtained from the “Lions Ground” podcast:

In addition to the rape allegation, another plausible version of what may have happened is starting to gain traction on social media. Sources close to this case are saying that Kenneka’s friend Monifa may have received $200 dollars for a birthday sex romp with some of the males attending the party, and that Kenneka was supposedly have been offered up for sex with one of the guys. Apparently, Kenneka wasn’t a willing participant in the sex part of the partying. The video depicts Monifa telling Kenneka that she needs to relax and have a good time, with Kenneka responding “I am having a good time.” However, too often young people fall prey to violence and other negative situations due to peer pressure, and simply making bad decisions under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.

If this young women was in fact raped while others were present, they are all subject to potential criminal charges, in what would be perhaps an extremely disturbing case resulting in the death of their supposed friend. While the million dollar question remains as how did this teen end up dead in a freezer, when she was supposed to be celebrating her best friend’s birthday?

Moreover, Its highly suspect that this teen who was described by people who were there as being completely inebriated to the point that she could barely walk, some how became separated from her friends. This where the outrage comes from, because females say that as a culture, when they go out they have each others back to avoid these kind of situations. The fact that Kenneka remained missing, and her friend Monifa was at home on Facebook doesn’t settle well with most following this horrible story.

The onslaught of fighting, name calling, and finger pointing that has exacerbated within social media doesn’t serve this teen’s case any good what so ever. Those who were there should promptly speak with police officials to aid in determining what happened to this young women. I am troubled by the limited mindset of partying at a hotel by attractive young women. Even int the most rural towns across this country, when women show up at hotel parties dressed in provocative attire, while they may have no intention to indulge in sex, it often sends a  strong message to males who interpret it as an invitation for sex.

Its a disturbing story that needs an intense public exposure to get to the bottom of what happened on that night that led to Kenneka Jenkins’ tragic ending…

To Be Continued…


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The Struggle For Justice Continues In Phylicia Barnes Murder: Accused Killer Petitions Supreme Court To Block Third Trial.

This coming Christmas holiday season will mark the 7th anniversary of Phylicia Barnes’ disappearance from a West Baltimore apartment where she was staying with so called family. I refer to them in that manner because the honors kid’s mother can’t stomach any reference depicting Kelly and Deena as her daughter’s sisters. In countless conversations with Janice Mustafa (Phylicia’s mother), she made it clear that the daughters of her child’s father were nothing more than mere half-siblings. “No sister would allow their younger sibling to be exposed to the kinds of things they allowed Phylicia to be involved in. My daughter was a flower,” Janice told media sources.

Now in the aftermath of her tragic killing, justice eludes her family as the person{s} responsible for her murder have never been caught. They roam the streets of Baltimore now, holding tight to their secret, their involvement, and their street code of honor to never snitch. To them her life was meaningless, they used this poor “naive” child as a pond in their sick twisted lust for a grotesque and queer saturnalia with adult males and females, while the Barnes kid was seemingly a welcomed addition to a culture of festive revelry with alcohol, drugs, nudity, and sex.

While the headlines of her tragic story and many of the details that played out in the media, courts, and podcast, are just too sensational to conclude definitively how this could happen to such a promising little girl, there are many questions regarding the Phylicia Barnes killing that persist. Who killed Phylicia isn’t the preponderant interrogatory for many following her case, but rather why would any one want to harm such a charismatic child, or even more critically it should be explored, how two adult female relatives failed so miserably in guiding and protecting Phylicia. To even began to comprehend exactly what happened, you must first digest some of the hard facts I’ve outline in a volume of blog articles here on TPC. Phylicia was left at the apartment on only one occasion according to the older Barnes females, and it has always seemed coincidental that the child disappeared on that day.

The older Barnes females explained during a national “Peas in Their Pods” broadcast that they took turns bringing Phylicia to work each day she was staying in Baltimore. Which could indicate at the very least, they knew leaving the child alone in that apartment could be a potential problem, because of the volume of males that frequented the apartment, and the freakish sexual culture that had allegedly been occurring during previous visits she made at that west Baltimore residence. But something happened, which caused the child to be left alone that fateful day, allegedly after another night of partying, drinking, and probably drug usage. The activities that allegedly occurred the previous night have always been problematic for many followers of this heartbreaking story, because some believe the child may already have been dead prior to her sister going to work on December 28, 2010.

What happened that altered the routine of taking young Phylicia to work everyday? Was she left alone intentionally to be put into harms way? Why would anyone want to harm her? Was it because of her beauty that degenerated relationships among the females and caused her elder siblings to begrudge Phylicia? Was it her intelligent or perhaps her proper speaking and prowess in articulating? Or perhaps it was her witty and out going character that made her the center of attention in most social settings, and so alluring to the gang of adult males who frequented her half-siblings apartment? Certainly there must be some rationalization to explain what happened to this child. None the less, these are the prevailing and unanswered questions that linger regarding the tragic ending of young Phylicia Barnes’ life.

In the nearly seven years since her murder many followers still believe there almost certainly may have been some degree of complicity on the part of the older half-siblings, either directly or indirectly through neglect, when you consider many of the very questionable circumstances leading up to, and on the day that the child went missing. The fact that the only day that Phylicia is left alone she goes missing without a trace isn’t mere coincidence, and continues to be a troubling fact in the case. Some argue, that if the rumors are accurate regarding Michael and Deena’s breakup being a direct result of him having cheated on her with a female friend, coupled with her court testimony of having observed Michael attempt to touch Phylicia in her private area, then the predominant inquisition in this entire case has to be why on earth would Deena leave this vulnerable child alone at home while he still had a key to her apartment?

Phylicia’s older half sibling Bryan Barnes told TPC in an interview that Phylicia was the life of the party when she was around. Michael’s apparent attraction to Phylicia probably didn’t go unnoticed by Deena, and it may be plausible for many to conclude that she dangled Phylicia as a lure to entice Michael and his relatives to deflower her prissy little half-sibling, in a fit of anger, jealousy, enviousness that may have been fueled by the use of alcohol, drugs, nudity, and sex games as a pretext to perhaps contrive a devious sexual encounter or orgy with her purported ex-boyfriend, his cousins and Phylicia. Why else would she keep a video of herself, Michael, his cousin, his younger brother, and Phylicia streaking nude in a nearby school playground on her cellphone, months after the child had gone missing?

The video was probably preserved for the purpose of depicting the child in a negative light just in case she decided to blow the whistle on what they had exposed her to while staying in Baltimore. Perhaps the result of a sickening thought process, that Phylicia’s willing participation some how justifies the perversion they exposed the her to, but at the very least it delineates the mindset of both Dena and Michael, who knew the cops were actively conducting an investigation into Phylicia’ whereabouts. They were either ignorant to what possession of the video would implicate, or they were keenly crafting a scenario that would deflect their responsibility as adults involved in this case, to orchestrate a perception of Phylicia being a wild kid who probably got what she deserved for indulging in such activity.

The lies that were told during the initial investigation is what drew the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which led to the discovery of the nude video on both Michael and Deena’s cellphones after warrants were issued, but by then it was too late. The killer(s) had plenty of time to cover up what happened. Deena used her “trump” card by contacting her uncle, a Baltimore City Police field supervisor, who showed up at her apartment after Phylicia disappeared. During that time period, the false narrative of Phylicia having simply stepped out to get something to eat was born, and gave the killer(s) ample time to cleanup.

It wasn’t until nearly a week later when Phylicia missed her flight back home that her case began to be taken seriously by Baltimore Police. The public searches for the child proved to be cold as hundreds of law enforcement officers combed local landmarks looking for Phylicia, and found nothing. Its safe to assume that the lies told to authorities were a deliberate act to stumble police efforts to find the missing child, while strong evidence suggest that Phylicia’s whereabouts were known to the Johnson click. A girlfriend of a Johnson relative who was also one of the initial persons interviewed by police upon Phylicia’s disappearance, made a tweet “its trapped at the dam. don’t pull the lever,” a month after she disappeared.

The tweet has always been significant because the child’s body was found near the Conowingo Dam in the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland. The tweet was made months prior to her body being found, and raised suspicion that the girlfriend had advanced knowledge of Phylicia’s whereabouts, because of her close relationship with one of the Johnson cousins that frequented Deena’s apartment where Phylicia had been staying. It doesn’t take rocket science to connect the dots related to the subject tweet, but the fact that investigators nor the prosecutor’s office could utilize such discovery is simply unacceptable. Not only that, there is potentially strong evidence within social media that suggest what might have happened, but the state and the cops bungled that also, and subsequently aloowing the child’s killer(s) to go free with impunity.

Moreover, misconduct by prosecutors in both of the two trials seemed to have been done so deliberately, because the actions were so blatant that state attorneys should have known the trials would result in mistrials being declared, or either they were simply incompetent of the law. Withholding exculpatory evidence is a discovery violation which typically results in a mistrial. The state’s failure to play by the rules is precisely what has gotten Michael Johnson off the hook. The second trial ended with similar missteps when prosecutors failed to follow the judge’s instructions to redact portions of an audio tape to be played before the jury. The tape was played before the jury without the redaction ordered by the judge,  and causing another blatant fumble by the state that resulted in defense attorneys arguing that the state deliberately tanked its own case. The trial ended in another mistrial and nearly a month later, the sitting judge subsequently withdrew the mistrial, and declared a judgement of acquittal citing insufficient evidence.

The state filed a motion of appeal with the Maryland’s Court of Appeals, citing that the judge didn’t have authority to grant Johnson an acquittal after having initially declared a mistrial and dismissing the jury. The state contended in the appeal that the judge no longer held authority in the case, and Maryland’s Appeals Court agreed, authorizing Johnson to be retried in the Barnes killing for a third time. The court’s ruling has sparked an appeal by the defense to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to prohibit Johnson from going on trial a third time.

What does it all mean? Will this little girl and her family ever get justice? When the dust settles and the rumbling of legal arguments silence, much of the blame and responsibility should still fall at the doorstep of Deena Barnes, who allowed her younger sibling to participate in such sexual perversion with grown men, who suspected and more than likely were the culprits her took her life. Nearly seven years later there is still no justice for the family of this precious child who will forever be remembered as the purple flower that was found in a river. May justice prevail God speed.



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I’m Crime Blogger David Adams

The Philando Castile Verdict: Police Killings Of Blacks During Routine Traffic Stops Is America’s New Epidemic

Their names are compiling as the new martyrs of America’s failing criminal justice system. A system that seems to only produce juries sympathetic to police when they panic, when they make mistakes, and when they kill in the name of their exaggerated and purported fear for their lives while encountering men of color during routine traffic stops.

It seems as if police have carte blanche during their decision making in the slightest appearance of impropriety of a black person stopped by police, and many of these incidents cops manipulate what actually happened, in an effort to conceal misconduct, policy violations, and even criminal acts by police who hold visceral hatred for black people. While police brass continue to argue and propagate the fundamental dangers of policing, the acquittal of Ofc. Geronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile doesn’t necessarily past the smell test of a cop’s perceived apprehensive fear during a traffic stop.

In considering the rightness of the verdict, pay close attention to the transcript of the fatal encounter:

9:05:00 p.m. — Castile’s vehicle came to a complete stop.

9:05:15 – 9:05:22 p.m. — Yanez approached Castile’s car on the driver’s side.

9:05:22 – 9:05:38 p.m. — Yanez exchanged greetings with Castile and told him of the brake light problem.

9:05:33 p.m. — St. Anthony Police Officer Joseph Kauser, who had arrived as backup, approached Castile’s car on the passenger’s side.

9:05:38 p.m. — Yanez asked for Castile’s driver’s license and proof of insurance.

9:05:48 p.m. — Castile provided Yanez with his proof of insurance card.

9:05:49 – 9:05:52 p.m. — Yanez looked at Castile’s insurance information and then tucked the card in his pocket.

9:05:52 – 9:05:55 p.m. — Castile told Yanez: “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me.” Before Castile completed the sentence, Yanez interrupted and replied, “Okay” and placed his right hand on the holster of his gun.

9:05:55 – 9:06:02 p.m. — Yanez said “Okay, don’t reach for it, then.” Castile responded: “I’m… I’m … [inaudible] reaching…,” before being again interrupted by Yanez, who said “Don’t pull it out.” Castile responded, “I’m not pulling it out,” and Reynolds said, “He’s not pulling it out.”

Yanez screamed: “Don’t pull it out,” and pulled his gun with his right hand. Yanez fired seven shots in the direction of Castile in rapid succession. The seventh shot was fired at 9:06:02 p.m. Kauser did not touch or remove his gun.

9:06:03 – 9:06:04 p.m. — Reynolds yelled, “You just killed my boyfriend!”

9:06:04 – 9:06:05 p.m. — Castile moaned and said, “I wasn’t reaching for it.” These were his last words.

9:06:05 – 9:06:09 p.m. — Reynolds said “He wasn’t reaching for it.” Before she completed her sentence, Yanez screamed “Don’t pull it out!” Reynolds responded. “He wasn’t.” Yanez yelled, “Don’t move! F***!”

If you read carefully, you’ll note that it appears that the officer shot Castile for doing exactly what the officer told him to do. Yanez asked for Castile’s license. Castile told him that he had a gun, and the officer – rather than asking for his carry permit, or asking where the gun was, or asking to see Castile’s hands – just says, “Don’t reach for it then.” The mere presence of a firearm during a traffic stop doesn’t necessarily escalate the danger of the encounter, and the fact that Castile advised officer Yanez that he was armed shows that Castile was being forthright with Yanez and not evasive.

At that point, Castile is operating under two commands. Get his license, and don’t reach for his gun. As Castile reaches for his license (following the officer’s orders), and he assures him that he’s not reaching for the gun (also following the officer’s orders). The entire encounter, he assures Yanez that he’s following Yanez’s instructions. Also, Ofc. Kauser (back up officer) who was positioned on the passenger side of the vehicle was in a better visual vantage to see what Castile was doing with his hands. Kauser never touched his weapon, which should have been an indication that the purported presence of apprehensive fear was nonexistent, at least from that police officer’s vantage.

Despite Castile’s repeated assurances to officer Yanez that he was reaching for his firearm, coupled with Yanez’ poor vantage from the driver’s side, he fires 7 rounds in rapid succession into the vehicle striking Castile. Seated in the driver’s side was Castile’s girlfriend and in the back seat was their small child. Given the stated facts regarding the police encounter that struck down Philando Castile, the jury’s acquittal of Ofc. Yanez isn’t just a complete miscarriage of justice in this case, its simply incredulous that citizens in Minnesota couldn’t hold this officer accountable for his actions. To add insult to injury, Castile was only pulled over for a non functioning break light.

So how did Castile end up Dead? To answer that question, perhaps investigation into why some people become cops may open “Pandora’s Box” regarding the volume of black men being killed by police officers around the country. When you think about it, cops aren’t paid very well, and in most cases officers have to work a volume of overtime to make a decent living. They all can’t be crusaders of justice with ideal moral composes. Recent studies have discovered a volume of white supremacy groups infiltrating police agencies across the country, and the Castile case is just the tip of the ice.

Just a few weeks prior to the Castile verdict, Tulsa Oklahoma officer Betty Shelby was also acquitted for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man name Terence Crutcher. The circumstances of the Crutcher shooting was even more bizarre than Castile’s. Crutcher whose vehicle broke down on the highway, was approached by Shelby, and Crutcher was captured on surveillance with his hands clearly in the air walking away from Shelby was fatally shot in the back.

Shelby reportedly revealed later on that she was fatigue and hungry during the fatal encounter, and professed to be in fear for her life. Many experts following the case have pointed out that Shelby (a white Officer) may have also suffered from the large black man syndrome that we have seen time and time again, but just like the Castile case, a seated jury acquitted the officer of wrong doing in the fatal incident that struck down the life of an unarmed Black man.

Perhaps breaking down on a highway may be a death sentence to men of color. Back in 2013 former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell was fatally shot by police in Charlotte North Carolina, after they responded to a home regarding a possible breaking and entering. Once officers were on the scene, they saw a man fitting the caller’s description of the potential subject who was running towards them. Officers used a stun gun unsuccessfully, and then another officer fired several shots fatally wounding Ferrell.

While police initial facts regarding the case seemed unclear (breaking & entering call), they eventually publicly admitted that Ferrell was probably running to the officers for assistance after having wrecked his car. Charlotte police found a vehicle that had been in a serious accident close to the scene, and believe Ferrell may have simply attempting to seek assistance from the officers. In his case its disturbing that the caller appeared to be a woman who simply didn’t know Ferrell after he knocked on her door also soliciting help from her, as the woman’s home was the closest to where he had crashed his car. A large black man at the door of a white woman some how evolved into police being dispatched for a burglary. This was simply incredible.

Furthermore, if the disturbing pattern of police killing black men hasn’t quite sunk in yet, the case of Samuel Dubose has to grab your attention. Last year a University of Cincinnati police officer (Tensing) fattaly shot Dubose after pulling him over for not having a front license plate. While UC officers have an agreement with the city of Cincinnati which allows them jurisdiction in the surrounding communities just off campus, there had been growing concern regarding UC cops activities of policing off campus in the recent past prior to the Dubose killing.

The shooting was caught on the officer’s body camera and went viral on the internet. Tensing and his partner’s version of the shooting strongly contrasted what was captured on his own body cam. Some of the footage even captured a police supervisor advising Tensing to limit his comment until he speaks with his union representative. In fact, the supervisors comments was probably sound advice, because the police cam footage revealed that the pair of officers had in fact lied in their reports regarding what had actually happened. Tensing file reports claiming that Dubose tried to run him over with his car, but the video footage clearly depicted Tensing at the side of the vehicle when he fired shots into the car fatally wounding Dubose.

These are just a few of the troubling and disturbing cases of police killing black motorist during encounters with police, and while some in America seem to be entangled in deliberations over the guilt or innocence of police in many of these cases, their is no confusion within the black community regarding what’s really happening. There has been a long standing antiquity within racist America that has led to the slaughter of countless black people as an acceptable cultural practice, and what we are experiencing now is simply a reemergence for a propensity to kill black people of epidemic proportions.

“After they are finish with us, they are coming for you. You could be next.”  — Valerie Castile


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TPC Suffers Own Devastating Tragedy With Murder Of Family Member: Two Small Children Left To Absorb Ugly Reality Of Domestic Violence

In all the years that I have spent my own time investigating cold murder cases, stories about missing kids, and fighting for human rights for people, many of which I didn’t even know from around this nation, I never actually had time to prepare myself for the eventful time that tragedy would strike a person within my very own family. My work as a crime blogger is well documented within the hundreds of articles I’ve composed over the years, literally acting as a “gate keeper” for society. A volunteer role I’ve willingly accepted to bring awareness to the horrors of heinous crimes committed everyday in our country. Admittedly, the details of this article is perhaps the most painful that I have the regretful duty to report.

On November 21, 2016 the Baltimore police were summoned to the 1700 block of Appleton street in the Easterwood neighborhood of West Baltimore City to conduct a welfare check on the residence where Tiffany Ruffin (cousin) resided with her husband Charles and there small children M’yla (7) and Oryanna (5). Details of what actually transpired when cops made entry into the home are sketchy, as family members have reported a variety of accounts. What is certain, is that the children were unharmed, but their mother was found deceased in an upstairs bedroom. Later on police identified 48-year-old Charles Ruffin (husband) as a potential suspect in what was preliminarily described by the primary police officials at the crime scene, as a homicide from blunt force trauma.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that she may have expired at least 24 hours prior to police discovering her deceased. Those who knew Tiffany Ruffin know that she wasn’t a violent person, and any dispute she may have encountered could easily have been resolved non violently. The manner in which she was murdered was perhaps the most brutal fashion in which a female was murdered that I can recall since I began writing about the killing of Channel Petro-Nixon back in 2006, whose dismembered body was discovered tossed out in a garbage bag, along side other trash on a Brooklyn New York street corner.

When you consider the effort required to beat someone to death, it essentially sends a haunting reality to those who knew her, about the kind of person she was actually married to. No regard for human life, his wife, their children, or even for his own future well being. She was essentially married to a monster, and a basic search of public records will reveal that he in fact had a horrendous record, was an apparent psychopath, and a person with a severe propensity for violence:

Maryland State Public Judicial Search Records

Charles Haywood Ruffin

1991 – Battery, Resisting Arrest,  found guilty of resisting arrest

1994 – Battery, stet docket (inactive)

1996 – Battery, nolle prosequi

1996 – Gun on On Person, found guilty

1997 – Attempted First & Second Degree Murder,  Assault 1st & 2nd Degree, Deadly weapon Intent-to Injure, nolle prosequi (dropped)

1997 – 2 Counts Rape 1st & 2nd Degree, 2 Counts Assault With Intent To Rape,  2 Counts Sex offense 3rd & 4th Degree, Assault 1st & 2nd Degree, (only found guilty of 1st Degree Rape/Use Of Physical Force)

1997 – 2 Counts of False Imprisonment, 1st & 2nd Degree Assault, nolle prosiqui (dropped)

1997 –  3 Counts of Child Abuse, Perverted Practice, Sodomy General, 2 Counts of Sex Offense in 2nd Degree, Assault 1st & 2nd Degree, found guilty

2013 – Failure to Register as Sex offender, Providing False Information, found guilty


These are just a portion of the documented criminal records & history of this absolute vile monster who brutally murdered his own wife, while leaving their beautiful daughters without benefit of either parent the rest of their lives.

There has been tremendous outpouring from the public, especially from the professionals she worked with for many years. Some are in shock and readily admit that they were completely unaware of the domestic violence that Tiffany may have been exposed to. One co-worker described her as a “person who could light up your entire world, a light in a dark world.” she said of Tiffany. On her job she was the first person her co-workers would see as they start their day, and many have described how devastating they are that she will no longer be there to greet them in the morning. The expressions from those who knew her continue to come every day, along with many tears that reveal the depth of pain that is continuing to impact so many within and outside of her family.

In the midst of so much hurt and pain, there are still those within the public and within her own family, who question her personal judgement regarding her marriage to such a violent human being. Despite his extensive background, Tiffany wasn’t completely aware of his past until well into their relationship. She was introduced to Charles Ruffin via his mother, a pastor of a local Baltimore Church she attended. Her dedication as a Christian caused her to have forgiveness, compassion, understanding, and faith which are all fundamental principals of Christianity. Besides, Charles didn’t exhibit violent behavior in those years they were developing a family.

In 2013 when their oldest daughter was just 4-years-old, an arrest warrant was issued for Charles’ arrest for failing to register as a sex offender as required by law, and for providing false information to authorities who would monitor his movement and whereabouts. Tiffany must have learned the details of his incarceration in that instance, as family recall her worrying about his pending disposition and eventual release from incarceration. Barring that incident, Tiffany apparently had no knowledge of his extensive criminal past. her trust in him, and willingness to forgive may have been the catalyst for her demise.

Charles’ mother apparently never informed Tiffany of her son’s violent and perverted past, a fact in her tragic story that has simply angered members of her family. Charles served 13 years in prison for his conviction in a 1997 case that resulted in the Special Weapons And Tactical (S.W.A.T.) unit of the Baltimore police, descending upon a Park Heights neighborhood home where Charles lived with a former girlfriend and her daughter. Charles was accused of raping her minor daughter, and when she confronted him Charles tied up both her and her minor daughter inside a closet. He was going back and force cutting and stabbing the females, while the police were outside negotiating for him to surrender. These are the kinds of details about Charles Ruffin’s character that Tiffany was completely unaware of.

One follower of  the CBS Baltimore news outlet asked a rhetorical question stating, “Why in the world would anyone want to be married to a sex offender?” In her defense, Tiffany’s vulnerability isn’t unique pertaining to the risk of dating and marriage to men who physically abuse them, especially in a city like Baltimore. So many are quick to judge without knowledge of the psychological effect that domestic violence has on those who fail prey to physical abuse. The embarrassment that women feel often cause them to conceal the abuse for long periods of time. When children are in the home, some victims of domestic violence rustle with removing their kids from homes that have both parents, which is a desired scenario for most developing families.

Like all families I’m sure the Ruffins had their share of struggles. In fact its rumored that her husband committed adultery with prostitutes, and allegedly even had an affair with a female related to Tiffany. Described by his co-workers as creepy, he had even recently been charged with sexual harassment by a female co-worker:


Preparing to leave a marriage in which children are involved is extremely tough, but family members are reporting that Tiffany had enough of her husbands infidelity and stated that she wanted a divorce. This is when the dark side of Charles began to reveal its ugly head. The abuse started and before she could get out and stay out, it was too late. Unwilling to accept that their marriage had run its course, he resorted to violence and took the life of an extremely kind, warm heart, and special person. A very heart breaking story of a mother and sister who didn’t deserve to die so brutally, so cruel, and at the hands of some who she entrusted her love to.

The fact that a horrific tragedy like this could happen to Tiffany, a sweetheart of the family, confirms our long standing suspicion that a dark evil spirit encompasses the body of our family, and we pray for its immediate dismissal. My purpose for sharing her story to my readers are for two reasons. To bring awareness to the reality of domestic violence and the impact it has on survivors. Secondly, to solicit support for her two precious baby girls left in the wake of such a tragic incident. Pray for her daughters, her son, and our entire family. Rest now Tiffany, your work is done.

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Four Year Anniversary Of Vanessa “Honey” Malone’s Murder: More Questions, No Justice, And Dekalb County’s Storied Past

It was exactly four years ago to the date that tragedy struck a Stone Mountain Georgia family, when a gunman’s bullet snuffed out the life of a precious daughter, a sister, and a dear friend to many, who affectionately called the pretty hundred pound teen “Honey.” She was Flora Malone’s youngest daughter, the baby girl, and a well liked kid who’s tragic murder drew mourners from around the world to help bring attention to youth violence.

Tens of thousands continue to follow her heartbreaking story with the hopes that authorities will find the cowards who shot this female in the back. The manner in which she died is a graphic and descriptive element of the case which has always bothered many. Primarily because Vanessa was the smallest and youngest person in the apartment when she was gunned down. She essentially posed the least threat among the individuals allegedly in the home that night. I’ll spare the redundant details related to the completely bizarre story that India Smith and Trevares Benford told police that night related to how Vanessa was killed. (readers can use the search function in the top right to search for other articles related to her case by typing Vanessa Honey Malone, or typing Georgia teen murder)

Rather, I’ll utilize this platform to expound on more relevant discourse pertaining to this homicide case. I’ll start by posing out some of the most obvious points of interest about why she was killed. The rumors spread around the community alleging that Vanessa was involved in “setting people up,” has no credibility. People within the community have offered this rationalization to Vanessa’s mother, but only supported such an allegation based on hearsay. “They heard this and they heard that.” Complete nonsense!

The allegations have the appearance of pure catty like behavior commonly associated with jealousy among females. While these allegations were made against Vanessa in her death, no one has ever emerged with definitive proof that she was involved in this kind of activity. There are those out there who want the public to believe that this petite hundred pound teen was a menace, that she was involved in crime, and deserved to die at the hands of violent thugs, in a brazen hail of gun fire for “poetic justice” sake. Naw, we must reject that.

I believe that the people who are spreading rumors of such a perspective seek to rationalize the killing of this beautiful child, and are in fact perhaps the very source from which such violence derived. Let’s face it, this is either pure conjecture, or those spewing such dialogue have inside knowledge about the case, and even potentially know exactly who the actual killer(s) are. Otherwise, the most poignant question has to be, “Ho do you know this?” I’ll be willing to bet that the people who have communicated these allegations against Vanessa to her mother, don’t know anything, and are just running their mouths repeating rumors that they heard within the community. Yet, we must acknowledge the fact that some one wanted her dead.

Flora Malone told TPC that her daughter was very respectful about notifying people that she would be stopping by their home. This certainly is a plausible trait of her character considering all we have learned about her, because southern folk just simply have manners like that. You don’t just show up at people’s home in the south. Its a matter of respect. So, with that being said India and Travares were probably completely aware that Vanessa would be coming by their house that night, and the fact that alleged gunman were there seemingly awaiting her arrival, doesn’t take rocket science to figure out. The fact that Vanessa unfortunately and allegedly walked in on a home invasion in progress, has always been just to convenient for most rational and logical thinking people who have followed her story.

Not just that though, Vanessa having been shot in the back is also very telling in itself. They meant to kill her, to silence her, probably because she knew her killers, which raises even more suspicion upon the others that were there that night, and the completely unbelievable story they told the authorities. Those who have been closely following this case, already know that questions continue to linger pertaining to the third adult allegedly in the apartment when the so called home invasion occurred. This “Mercy” character left the scene of a violent crime, a homicide, and held up in a neighboring apartment while the murder investigation took place.

I don’t how most people or even how the cops are thinking about that element of the case, but its ground zero for me. The fact that he was allegedly hiding to avoid an arrest for an unrelated gun charge makes the alert bells in my head sound even louder, because he apparently is a person with a propensity for violence. That’s why the cops really needed to talk to “Mercy” that night. Hell, we aren’t even sure if the cops have been briefed regarding him being held up in the upstairs apartment, or if they have interviewed the people who lived there.

Most followers of TPC Blog who have read about Vanessa’s murder are already aware of my curiosity about exactly where “Mercy” was at in the apartment during the home invasion and subsequent shooting that killed young Vanessa. Those details are crucial to the investigation. We already know that India and Travares were allegedly tied up in the bathtub, but we need to know exactly where “Mercy’s” punk @ss was (excuse the colloquialism, but enough is enough with this nonsense). Did the invaders tie him up also? Was he held at gun point? What? Why would he retreat to a neighboring apartment to hide out when I’m sure he had plenty of time to leave the area altogether prior to police arrival? These are questions that need to be answered if anybody is ever going to find out who committed this heinous crime.

Moreover, who are the tenants in the apartment where “Mercy” was hiding out at? What kind of people allows someone to hide in their home while an active homicide investigation is taking place in the apartment directly downstairs? Who does that? Call me a snitch, a rat, or what ever the hell you want. Even if I’m afraid of “Mercy” or was being held at gunpoint, I’m running out of their. Shoot me in the back, because the volume of cops down their would have been sufficient help for me. I would have been running and screaming for my life like a little *itch. The police would have helped. This didn’t happen, and the people who allowed “Mercy” hide may be complicit to murder and should be held accountable.

At the very least charges for hindering a police investigation should be in order, because the actions of the neighboring tenant may have allowed for the discarding of potential forensic evidence pertinent to the case. “Mercy” was taken into custody two days later on the outstanding warrant for an unrelated handgun charge. I’m not saying “Mercy” was involved in Vanessa’s murder, but if he was, he had sufficient time to discard of his clothing he war that night. There may have been blood splatter or other DNA evidence that could link him to Vanessa’s killing. I’m just saying, when people run they typically have something to hind, and in this case “Mercy” may have utilized the help of some very despicable people to allude being pinched for a violent crime that took Vanessa from this world.

Also, the fact that “Mercy” wasn’t available to police until days later, dashed all hopes of getting a good Gun Shot Residue (GSR) test on him. If he was the actual shooter, during the time he eluded the police, he could have taken measures to hinder the authorities ability to determine whether he shot a weapon the night Vanessa died. I ‘m wondering if the cops even took a GSR test on Travarese or India as well. To do so would have been standard procedure in most police agencies because of the serious nature of the crime. Then again, we are talking about the Dekalb County Police department. I’ll touch on that momentarily.

While a plethora of unanswered questions remain regarding “Mercy,” he is not the only person of interest the police could have zeroed in on. The “low life” individual I’ll refer to as the “weed man,” who handed over Vanessa’s purse to her mother days after she was murdered should have been brought in for questioning as well. How did this individual even obtain possession of her purse in the first place? According to Flora Malone the purse contained extremely personal items that she says her daughter would have never left with anyone, especially a person the likes of him. Ms. Malone did admit during an interview with TPC that she had a prejudicial opinion of the man’s character that stems from a previous incident, when his girlfriend (a much older woman than Vanessa) physically attacked Vanessa about a year prior to her murder.

Her opinion of him is a natural reaction I’m sure any parent would have related to their child, but the mother had cause to suspect his involvement, solely on the fact that he showed up at her doorsteps with her murdered daughter’s pocketbook days after her death. A respectable person would have turned it over to the family or the authorities the same night of the shooting, but no, not this dirt bag. He waits until the cops are all gone to bring the purse to the girl’s family. Ms. Malone would be the first to tell you that her daughter was no angel, but that she was a very good person, and certainly didn’t deserve to die in such a violent manner. In most murder cases, people who are in possession of such sensitive items belonging to the victim, typically are brought in for questioning. That also hasn’t occurred.

Since the gunman were allegedly masked, if you even believe that nonsense, “the weed man” could actually have been one of the invaders, because if Vanessa had her purse with her at the time she left the house to go over there, it more than likely would have been somewhere near the crime scene after she was shot. So, again its crucial for the police investigation to determine the actual path of how that pocketbook of a murder victim got back to her family. The police’s failure to connect the dots related to such rudimentary fact finding is simply incredulous.

Moreover, the police haven’t been transparent with the family related to Vanessa’s murder. Its understandable for the authorities to withhold certain information relevant to capturing her killers to avoid compromising the investigation, but not releasing her autopsy report and other information that’s typically public record raises suspicion regarding how the cops are handling this particular case. The family has been advised to file FOA (Freedom of Information Act) documents to obtain her autopsy report and other relevant information. This aspect of the case is highly controversial, something Dekalb County Police are certainly familiar with.

Many people from my generation and others who remember, know all to well the history of Dekalb County Police. In the early 1980’s the agency failed to capture the person(s) responsible for the serial murders of young black children, now infamously known as the “Atlanta Child Murders.” Convicted killer Wayne Williams was ultimately held responsible for the killings, but what the public doesn’t know is he was never actually convicted of killing any of the children connected to that case.

During the spree of killings two adults victims were included or attributed to the serial murders. Prosecutors successfully obtained a conviction of Wayne Williams, based on very shady carpet fiber evidence in the prosecution case for one of the adult victims. Once he was convicted, the prosecutor’s office mad the determination that Williams was in fact the serial killer in the “Atlanta Child Murders” and closed all of the other cases. Essentially insuring that the real killer(s) would never actually be determined. Dekalb County Police has always been an extremely bizarre police agency that only a few have forgotten.

We must never let them forget Flora Malone’s beautiful and precious daughter Vanessa “Honey” Malone. Call them today and demand for justice in the killing of this beautiful child, and for the swift prosecution of anyone who may have been in involved in her actual killing or who may otherwise have assisted the murderers. Four years later we still are hopeful that justice will prevail. It won’t long now baby girl, just rest now. #justice4honey.


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Kelley Alert Sought In Pregnant Texas Mom’s Brutal Slaying Case: Activist Still Seeking Justice For D’Lisa Kelley’s 2014 Killing In Dallas

Her story is as tragic as it is Bizarre. The sudden disappearance of D’Lisa M. Kelley on March 7, 2014 was just the tip of the iceburg that culminated in the horrific discovery of the pregnant mother of a one year old son, body having been found inside an abandoned Dallas home a week after she disappeared. D’Lisa had last been seen leaving her grandmother’s house to attend the wake of a friend who died.

Prior to her going missing her sister received a call from her that she believes D’Lisa may have accidentally made. She hears what can only be described has her sister being in complete distress, as she is overheard involved in a conflict within an unknown man. D’Lisa is heard screaming “Stop, stop, get off of me.” Those cries are then followed by the voice of a man who says “Shut up! Oh you want to be hardheaded.” The sister said the call abruptly ended after one minute and eleven seconds. Then she says she received a text from D’Lisa saying “I’ll call you in a minute.” That call never came and was the last contact the woman’s family received from her.

During a Headline News (HLN) broadcast, the sister gave an updated account of the communication she had received from D’Lisa. She told Jane Mitchell that she also received a text from D’Lisa saying “He thought that I was with another dude.” The prime-time news host highlighted during the broadcast that its not known if D’Lisa actually made that particular text, or whether someone else sent the communication. That’s a portion of this mysterious case that’s been debated, primarily because police have interviewed witnesses who have stated they saw D’Lisa at local businesses days after she reportedly had last been seen alive.

The woman’s family told police that she wasn’t known to simply stay away and not communicate her whereabouts to her family, in hopes of prompting an immediate reaction from authorities in search for her after receiving such a disturbing phone call. Her lifeless body was found seven days later, and the medical examiner’s office reported that D’Lisa had been strangled and beaten to death. A rather horrific and brutal killing of an extremely beautiful young woman.


D’Lisa M. Kelley was eight weeks pregnant when she went missing on March 7, 2014. The search for her culminated in her body being discovered in an abandoned Dallas home.

Realizing the heinous nature of this heartless crime that took this young mother’s life, a sense of urgency has always been sought in getting the person responsible for her killing off the street, and brought to justice. The amount of force and trauma usually necessary to beat a person to death requires physical force at close quarters. She may have known her killer, and it may even have been a crime of passion considering how she died. No information has ever been provided which may indicate who might have wanted to harm her.

Additionally, the family expressed concern regarding the lack of urgency during the initial calls to police after the family received the distress call from D’Lisa. Their concern led to the discovery of an extremely disturbing phone call exchange between a 911 operator and a police supervisor, that depicts laughter and off color comments pertaining to D’Lisa’s disappearance complaint. The officer was placed on leave for a period of time pending an internal police investigation, but has since reported back to active duty. While police eventually sought cellphone data for D’Lisa’s phone, it was turned off, causing the carrier to indicate to police that no data was available.

The woman’s family believes that if her disappearance complaint had been taken more seriously, police my have gotten an early lead in the case via her cellphone records. The poor handling of her case by police has prompted powerful members of the Dallas clergy and other political activist to launch a campaign to form the “Kelley Alert.” The community distress code which is similar to ones launched for missing kids believed to be in immediate danger (Amber Alert), and for missing senior citizens (Silver Alert) would be used for adult women believed to be in immediate danger.

It was 2:38 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014 when the case was officially assigned to a missing persons detective and relatives finally spoke to detectives in person at 4 p.m. two days after the family received the distress call. D’Lisa’s sister Jasmine Steward said police responded too slowly. The family believes that the “Kelley Law” would require police response in such cases. Activist strongly believe if D’Lisa had been a white female her case would have prompted an immediate response from police officials. Its a disturbing trend related to the lack of priority by police officials to take cases involving women of color seriously, due to the unwritten, but well known rule that black women have histories of going missing.

The police supervisor involved in the police investigation because of his poor handling of her case, even joked about D’Lisa sounding like a person who has gone missing before. Leading the fight to establish legislation requiring the police to take immediate action in these kind of cases, is well known community activist Rev. Dominique Alexander, founder of the Next Generation Action Network. Please join me as the Administrator of TPC by helping make her tragic story go viral on social media, and to bring awareness to the lack of priority by police officials when women of color go missing. Let’s make her cold murder case hot again. Pass the “Kelley Alert” legislation now… #kelleyalert

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Initial Suspect Indicted In New York Kid’s Cold Murder Case: Evidence Discovered In Crime 3000 Miles Away On Caribbean Island Helped Link Killer

Most people living in the New York area and surrounding communities back in 2006 probably remember the abominable killing of an honors student in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The little girl’s body was discarded on a street corner inside a garbage bag in front of 212 Kingston Avenue over ten years ago. In what cops are calling one of the city’s most famous cold murder cases, is now turning out to be just one aspect of several crimes that is apparently connected to other murders by a single alleged serial killer. Investigators say that Veron Primus has always been the primary suspect in the disappearance and subsequent murder of Chanel Petro-Nixon, but they just couldn’t prove it.

That all changed this past June when evidence surfaced over 3000 miles away in the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent, linking Primus to the Petro-Nixon youth’s murder. Primus had been deported back to his native land after having served time in a New York prison for violating a restraining order for an ex-girlfriend in an unrelated case.  Officials on the island haven’t disclosed the nature of evidence they say links Primus to Chanel, but details have emerged revealing that he showed another woman an article about Chanel’s murder case, prior to him holding her captive in a wooden enclosure.

Mewanah Hadaway who is 24, told authorities tht Primus held her captive against her will in a house in Vermont from January 1, 2015 until April 15. Hadaway was able to get a note out soliciting help, which led to the authorities being alerted of her alleged abduction by Primus. While authorities were investigating the Hadaway icident, evidence surfaced that lined Primus to the killing of another woman. He was later charged with killing 33-year-old real estate agent Sharleen Greaves, who was found dead on November 13, 2015 in her Bijou real estate office, with multiple stab wounds about her body.

While details of Primus’ arrest and murder charge, along with Hadaway’s alleged abduction began to surface, officials in New York  looked at the St. Vincent cases and noted the very eerie similarities in the Petro-Nixon case, and the alleged abduction of Hadaway on the island in St. Vincent.  Cops who investigated Chanel’s killing had always theorized that the pretty honors kid might have been held captive for several days before she was strangled to death and discarded out on a street corner inside a garbage bag.

Disturbingly, in the years after Chanel’s murder, Primus was charged with sexually assaulting two other woman in separate cases, but was acquitted in court of both crimes. A third woman also claimed that he tried to abduct her as well, which resulted in her having obtained a restraining order against him. He violated the order which subsequently resulted in his conviction that sent him to an upstate New York prison prior to his deportation back to his birth place of St. Vincent. Once on the island he rekindle a friendship with Hadaway and they  began dating. Yet, Hadaway had no idea that she would later transform from Primus’ girlfriend into his captive. Hadaway alleges that in disputes with Primus during the course of their relationship, he threatened her with knives on four separate occasions, so she broke off the relationship with him.

Hadaway says that she remembers Primus telling her that he had killed a girl in the United States, and remembered him showing her news article clippings about Chanel’s murder case back in New York.  Then on New Years Eve she says Primus lured her to his home under the pretext that she had personal belongs at his home that he wanted her to retrieve. Hadaway says that’s when he abducted her and locked her inside the wooden enclosure for several months. She says that she tried to escape on one occasion, and Primus caught her and punished her. Hadaway says he dug a grave and threatened to kill her and bury her in it if she attempted to escape again.

She says that while she was being held captive Primus used her cellphone to send text to her family, telling them that she was traveling in Antigua, all in an attempt to through them off regarding her having been held against her will. She says Primus would never leave her alone in the room out of fear that she would crawl out of the window and attempt to escape again, so when ever he cooked he would bring her out into the kitchen. Hadaway says one day when Primus went outside to wash out a pot, she seige the opportunity to plant a note inside an insulin box inside the refrigerator. The note read “I’m here all the time, get help.”

Primus’ great aunt who he lives with is diabetic and has a caretaker who comes to the home everyday to care for her. The caretaker found the note and called for help, but when the police arrived Primus threatened Hadaway and told her to give the police a different name and she complied out of fear. However, the caretaker told the police the truth, about who she really was. Finally, Primus was arrested for kidnapping and Hadaway was set free after hree and a half months being held captive by this monster. During the investigation and search of Primus’ home, that’s where authorities say evidence was discovered linking him to both, Chanel Petro-Nixon’s killing, and the murder of Sharleen Greaves.

Though it may have taken over a decade, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel of justice for one of New York’s brightest hopes, as authorities zero in on the initial suspect in the killing of Chanel Petro-Nixon. Its just disturbing how he was able to lie with a straight face without withering, and declaring to police that Chanel had stood him up for a date back in 2006. Now it appears that he was just simply a cold dark heart bastard who snuffed out the life of such a beautiful and promising kid without provoction. I pray that justice prevails and just like he did to this innocent child, that his life also becomes snuffed out and develops into just a memory. A “cold case” no more, just rest now baby girl, rest!


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Honors Kid Killing Isn’t A Case Of ‘Who Done It’: Prosecutor’s Failure To Explore Social Media Connection To The Crime Has Allowed Her Killer To Roam Free

Its been nearly six years since Janice and Raheem Mustafa’s beautiful and promising daughter Phylicia Simone Barnes went missing from a Northwest Baltimore apartment. At the time of her disappearance there had been a variety of explanations given to police that suggest the honors teen may have still been alive. The hopes of the child’s safe return to the comfort of her family resolved to a disconsolate reality when state environmental workers spotted a body in the water of the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland, months after Phylicia had gone missing. The lifeless, nude, and badly decomposed body of a young female was later determined to be the Barnes teen. Speculations as to how the child had come to such a tragic ending over 30 miles from where she had been staying has always been enigmatic at best.

What most followers know about this child’s tragic and heartbreaking story, is that those around her (including her half-siblings) when she went missing, wasn’t forthright, and completely honest with investigators who initially searched for the girl. Search warrants for telephones and social media accounts of many of the people known to be regular hangouts at Deena Barnes’ apartment where young Phylicia was staying during her visit to Baltimore, unveiled some pretty disturbing revelations pertaining to the culture, and environment the teen was exposed to by her older half-sibling entrusted with her care. The warrants uncovered a malapropos relationship between young Phylicia and her older half-sibling Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson. Investigators claim that there were hundreds of text exchanges between Johnson (27 at the time) and Phylicia (a minor).

A video was also discovered on one of the cellphones which police had sieged depicting Phylicia, her older half-sibling Deena, Johnson, Johnson’s younger brother, and a cousin who were all streaking nude at a nearby schoolyard playground. Prosecutors believe that Johnson’s “gawking gaze” upon the child was apparent that he had a physical attraction to the teen. The text exchanges, the streaking video, and an eyewitness account by a neighbor at Deena’s apartment who said that he observed Johnson struggling to carry a plastic container in the hallway of the building, along with the fact Johnson was the last known person to see the child alive, were all pieces of circumstantial evidence used to indict Johnson for the child’s murder. He went on trial for killing Phylicia twice and both times the case ended in a mistrial mainly due to procedural errors, and other missteps by the prosecution that directly violated Johnson’s constitutional rights.

Not just that though, the prosecutor’s approach toward obtaining a conviction of Michael Johnson appeared to be completely bollix from the very start. Chiefly, the decision to place a lying jail house snitch name James McCrae, who has a storied criminal past of his own on the stand, wasn’t just a gamble, but the testimony he gave was so unbelievable that Johnson’s defense counsel made quick work of the prosecutor’s suppose star witness, by abruptly ending cross examination of him, and discounting his testimony as being completely unreliable. The prosecutors aided the defense’s contentions that McCrae was a liar, by withholding discovery evidence that highlighted the defense very argument pertaining to McCrae’s credibility. The prosecution’s failure to play by established rules of law was a direct infringement on Johnson’s constitution right to a fair trial, and created a stigma that Johnson was being railroaded by the state.

Others contend that Johnson’s family had utilized his family’s law enforcement status to get such a vanilla prosecutoral effort during both of his trials. Its a perspective that some argue is just a reach at best, but those observing this case very closely can’t help focusing on the actions of the state attorney’s office. There were seemingly deliberate violations of procedure that left the court with no other recourse, but to declare a mistrial. The state’s effort in both trials weren’t paralyzed by a flawed case or the lack of evidence. Their case was crippled by the decision to only skim from the top of a plethora of other available evidence, to not only draw suspicion upon Johnson, but perhaps others closely related to him as well. The public has been aware of social media content that paints a very grim and disturbing picture of what may have happened to the child during her final hours. While much of the social media content is also circumstantial, everyone appears to be aware of its existence except the police.

Michael Johnson’s younger brother “Bootz’s” Twitter post he commented literally just minutes (7 minutes exactly) before Johnson claims he last saw the child alive, is not only scary, but just may reveal an extremely chilling depiction of the level of violence that the Barnes teen potentially encountered before she vanished, because “Bootz” is directing someone to physically harm a female (**** dat don’t tella twice whopp her ass). Its an impactful* and crucial element of the entire Barnes case that investigators apparently, whether intentional or otherwise completely missed, and just a little investigative work  by police inside the social media interactions of key people around the child when she went missing, probably would have led them to conclude that Michael Johnson was in fact riding in a car with the very same younger brother (“Bootz”) during the morning and afternoon of the day that Phylicia went missing. Its a theory that TPC has constantly theorized, and potentially places Johnson’s brother at Deena’s apartment as well during the time he reportedly last saw her.

In a TPC January 13, 2012 article entitled “The Phylicia Barnes Story: Johnson Males Tweets & Location On Dec 28 Are A Very Scary Coincidence And May Close This Murder Case”, some of the tweets by “Bootz” are highlighted and gives context and perspective pertaining to what was going on with Michael Johnson and his brother during the morning hours leading up to when Phylicia disappeared in the afternoon on that fateful day. Comments on twitter about an unnecessarily busy Rolling Road indicates that “Bootz” and the occupants of his car were in a hurry to get to a location. Also, the mention of “grass in the hooka,” with”Bootz” and a person name “Ease” (suspectedly Michael Johnson) being high after the first puffs, gives a clear indication that they were riding in a car getting high off of marijuana. Their activity that morning is extremely important to discovering exactly what happened to young Phylicia Barnes, and it has never been established whether investigators have even pursued this angle of the case.

During one of my interviews with Shauntel Sallis-Evans who is Phylicia’s oldest sister, she conveyed to me she believed that when Deena Barnes observed Michael Johnson attempt to touch Phylicia in her private area, as Deena Barnes testified to in court, that Deena only became upset because she had not said it was okay to “get freaky” yet. Meaning that Shauntel believes all of the drinking, nudity, and sexual activity that Phylicia had been exposed to while interacting with a volume of males, were all activities directly sanctioned by Deena herself. According to accounts by both of the older Barnes half-siblings Deena and Kelly, Phylicia was never left at the apartment by herself. She either went with Deena or Kelly to their jobs each day. On December 28, 2010, the day Phylicia Simone Barnes vanished without a trace, it was the first time the child had been left at that apartment unsupervised despite the fact that a volume of adult males had access to the apartment.

Upon the discovery of young Phylicia having been left alone at the apartment by Johnson males that her older sister Deena (by her own admission through testimony in open court during the first trial) had sanctioned and allowed to run around nude with, playing a game called “jonking” (grabbing or feeling the genitalia of game participants), may explain why “Bootz” tweeted about how busy Rolling Road was. They were trying to get to that apartment with the child when  she was alone, and while the opportunity presented itself. So, if Shauntel’s perspective that Deena Barnes was the controlling factor related to the sex games they all played, with Deena not being there and out of the way, the Johnson boys were free to indulge the child in a sexual manner, because Phylicia’s sister who was responsible for supervising her had opened the door for these adult males to approach the child in such a manner. They just probably wasn’t counting on the child not being cooperative, which Janice Mustafa (Phylicia’s mother) told me she believes happened. Janice believes what ever they did to her daughter, that “Simone” told them she was “going to tell her mother,” and that may have triggered a violent reaction which resulted in the child’s fatality.

Like Janice Mustafa, its always been my personal belief that others along with Michael Johnson may have been at the apartment that morning, and what ever transpired resulting in the child’s disappearance  is a direct result of actions in which they all were collectively complicit. Not only that, but even other family members who may not have been involved with Phylicia’s demise, at the very least had some idea as to what happened to her, and apparently even knew where the child’s body was located during the crucial time period when extensive investigative measures and searches were being conducted to locate young Phylicia Barnes’ whereabouts. A suspicious tweet on social media by a female associate of Michael Johnson’s cousin that actually foreshadowed where the child’s body would ultimately be located, is compelling circumstantial evidence that reveals how those closely connected to the Johnson’s may have had advanced knowledge of what happen to Phylicia Barnes months before the authorities found her floating in a river.

While the police may have dismissed the existence of these facts for what ever reason, the prosecutor’s office should have urged direction to compel police officials to beat the streets to get to the bottom of what happened, what other  people knew, and what the female in particular knew about Phylicia’s disappearance. The tweet “its trapped at the dam don’t pull the lever” is an extremely compelling, yet equally disturbing pronouncement, especially considering who made the comment on social media.  The female who posted the statement on twitter is a former girlfriend of a Johnson cousin, who was a regular visitor at Deena Barnes’ apartment around the time the child was visiting Baltimore, and was one of the first people that police interviewed during the initial phase of Phylicia’s disappearance investigation. These details have troubled most who have closely followed this tragic case. The fact that the comment was made before she was discovered dead, doesn’t necessarily implicate the female or the Johnson cousin in Phylicia’s killing, and most people don’t even believe that anyway. It’s just a clear indication that the location of Phylicia’s body had been discussed or was at least known among the Johnson circle, and the eventual discovery of her lifeless body near the Conowingo “Dam” months after the tweet which in fact referenced a ‘dam” by a person closely connected to Phylicia’s older half-sibling and her boyfriend is an overt, self-evident, and palpable source of information that’s directly related to the child’s disappearance and subsequent demise.

Moreover, during one of my many conversations and interviews with Phylicia’s mother Janice Mustafa, she has expressed concern, remorse, and prayer for the female who made the comment on social media. Janice called her a “lost soul” and even pitied her for lacking the courage as a female to tell the truth about what she knows, while potentially having direct knowledge of what happened to another beautiful young female just like herself. Janice also conveyed to me that she believes, while her daughter’s killers may have escaped the criminal justice system, they haven’t escaped God’s justice, and further believes that the young female who potentially hinted the actual location of Phylicia’s body, will also suffer from God’s wrath for not standing up and giving Phylicia a voice when it counted. The grieving mother has always been vocal about the failure of those who know the truth, inability or unwillingness to come forward, and speak for her daughter so she can finally rest in peace.

There were also other suspicious comments on twitter that should have given investigators a lead on what potentially happened. While the comments by the female associate who has been dubbed the “twitter girl” by the public, actually seems to be ground zero for solving this case, the comments by some of Michael Johnson’s relatives on December 28, 2010 may have been a crucial break in the case. Hours after Michael Johnson says he last saw the child alive at the Northwest Baltimore apartment where she was staying, there were essentially no social media communication among Johnson’s entire circle, until nearly two hours later when Michael Johnson’s younger brother Glenton “Bootz” Johnson tweets that it was hot in some location. That tweet was followed by what appeared to be a caution or warning by their older brother who reference “the man” (street jargon for the police) watching:

12-28 3:24 pm Glenton tweet – Hot as shyt in here
12-28 3:31 pm Kevin Johnson Tweet – Watch wat u tweet. “the man” is watching.. lok

Like most followers of this case, I’m of the belief that some suspicious activity, if not in fact criminal was taking place and several Johnson family members may have been aware of it, if not complicit to. The cops can ignore these facts all day long, but it’s not rocket science based on those tweets that these individuals were concerned about their communications between each other potentially being monitored, or  being referenced later by police. The tweets are specifically relevant to this case because Baltimore’s Chief of Police at the time publicly conveyed that he believed young Phylicia’s body was being moved from different locations. This brings a very poignant question to mind. Where was “Bootz” at the time that tweet was made? Cellphone towers certainly could indicate the general area of his location when the tweet was me made. Investigators could have issued search warrants for the Mobile Network Operator (MNO), or service to obtain thiss information.  There was also information sent to The People’s Champion Blog detailing various properties owned by the Johnson family, and using the cell tower information, the cops could have potentially discovered places of interest to search for the child based on that tower data.

To completely ignore certain data obtained through warrants of social media accounts belonging to key people close to the Barnes case, is simply way too convenient and quite circumspect to say the least. More specifically, the failure of the Baltimore City Police and the Maryland State Police collectively, to unravel the suspicious nature of a tweet foreshadowing Phylicia’s locations near a dam, months prior to her actual discovery, has been the primary vehicle creating suspicion of how the police investigated the child’s case. As far away as California and other parts of the Mid West, web sleuthers, a school teacher, and even psychic detectives were able to conduct their own research to uncover troubling facts regarding the Barnes case. No one wants to believe that the cops were either unwilling or inept at doing heir job in this kid’s case, but the fact that Michael Johnson’s family, and the Barnes half-siblings both have family ties to the Baltimore police, leaves the door wide open with a plethora of speculation as to how and why those around Phylicia during her demise have yet to be caught.

While some have theorized that Johnson may have acted alone resulting in Phylicia’s murder, others believe the suspicious tweets by his younger brother around the time Michael says he last saw the child, may suggest that he had an accomplice in the cover up to discard of the pretty little girl’s body. Shauntel Sallis-Evans expounded on this perspective during an interview with TPC. She conveyed to me that she was troubled by the rather cavalier fashion in which Glenton “Bootz” Johnson testified in court pertaining to the number of times he allegedly had sex with her sister. Shauntel said his demeanor was kind of spiteful, an indication to her that Phylicia probably treated him like he was nothing, and if I understood her comments correctly, I believe Shauntel felt that Glenton used his testimony as a way to “clap back” at the child by muddying up her name for revenge of how Phylicia treated him.

People are probably still debating about the credibility of the Johnson brothers, their friends, other relatives, and Phylicia’s own half-siblings regarding what actually happened to this promising book smart kid, but there are facts pertaining to her murder that there has never been any cogitation about, which point to who may have killed her. The obvious and glaring details are centered round social media comments among relatives and friends close to Michael Johnson and his family. Its just stupendous that the cops never connected the dots on a volume of data they must have had possession of after obtaining search warrants for social media accounts. Many within the public either have their own theory, or continue to contemplate why and how investigators made crucial missteps in her case. Evidence suggest that Michael Johnson wasn’t the only person alone with Phylicia at Deena’s apartment on the morning of December 28, 2010. Also, other evidence suggest that tweets by the Johnson’s older brother are indicative of residue from criminal activity. Its highly suspicious that Glenn Johnson, Michael’s older brother would caution his other brother about social media content, and doing so while referencing potential monitoring by police on the very day the little girl goes missing.

In the long exhausting hunt for the person(s) responsible for taking the life of promising Phylicia Simone Barnes, there has always been a multitude of speculation, conjecture, and other hyperbole surrounding the details of how she died, but in the court of public opinion, her killing has never been a case of “who done it.” The only question that remains, is why the cops haven’t figured out yet, what the public has already conclusively resolved?


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Maryland State Court Of Special Appeals Sends Murdered Teen’s Case Back To Baltimore Circuit Court: Accused Killer Michael Johnson Will Go Back On Trial For Honors Kid Slaying

Her smile was contagious, she brought laughter to every setting that her infectious character ever embraced, and her silly wit was the trade mark that many have said was so alluring. The memories of her have often faded, but the circumstances surrounding her sudden and tragic death has never completely dissipated. The story of late Phylicia Simone Barnes sometimes seem like a reoccurring nightmare that continues to appear over and over again, but like a haunting ghost, the spirit of her murder refuses to die. Snatched from this world far too soon at the hands of heartless monsters, the promising honors kid fell prey to cowards she became exposed to by her own half sibling.

Her mother Janice Mustafa and her oldest sister Shauntel Sallis-Evans have both described Simone as a Sweet but naive “country girl.” While she was entrusted to the care of her half sister she visited in Baltimore over the Christmas holiday back in 2010, she became exposed to a culture of drug usage, alcohol, and a group of adult men that many believe were responsible for the sixteen year old’s demise. In a strange sequence of events, young Simone went from being closely guarded and monitored by her two older adult half siblings, to mysteriously disappearing without a trace on the only day that she had been left at her siblings apartment alone. The exact details of what happened to her have always been sketchy and played out in a series of live radio, television, and podcast shows. The most noted broadcast highlighting the child’s family version of what happened, occurred on January 19, 2011 during a broadcast of a The People’s Champion Blog affiliate, and the nationally recognized child advocacy organization of “Peas In Their Pods.”  It was a broadcast that angered many, as the siblings could be heard whispering, and even laughing at one point during the broadcast (Listen here: “Where Is Phylicia Barnes?”).

Despite Simone’s family requesting candor and honesty regarding what happened to the child, the “Peas” broadcast was the first media outlet of any kind to capture statements on record, and became a valuable source of information that helped the public formulate their own version of the truth when court testimony by one sibling revealed that she had been lying about elements of Simone’s case all along. Her sibling told a volume of lies about the allegations of having exposed to her kid sister to drugs and alcohol, and the flat denial about any sexual activity between her sister and older males. Court testimony revealed that the older sibling Deena Barnes admitted in court to allowing her sister to drink vodka and smoke marijuana. When the host asked the siblings about sexual activity pertaining to sixteen year old Simone, response was a resounding denial. However, Deena Barnes testified in court that she allowed her pretty baby sister to run around naked in public with her boyfriend, his brother, and his cousin.

A volume of other lies were also told during the investigation when Simone was first reported missing. Those lies led to search warrants for phone records and social media accounts of many of the men who were hanging out at the older Barnes’ sibling apartment. Those warrants uncovered a video of the child streaking nude with her sister and three males. Investigators also uncovered a volume of text exchanges between Simone and Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson. The content of those exchanges and other pieces of circumstantial evidence resulted in Johnson’s indictment for the murder of the child. Prosecutors utilized the fact that he was the last known person to see her alive, the video, text messages, and a witness account that places Johnson in the stairwell of the apartment building on the day she disappeared. Johnson was apparently seen struggling to carry a large plastic tote, that police authorities believe contained the child’s body. Police reports also indicate that a police cadaver canine lost the child’s scent in the parking lot at the exact location where other witness say the vehicle Johnson was driving in was parked on the day of her disappearance.

The lies that were told during the initial phase of her disappearance investigation gave her killer(s) time to cover up their crime and eliminate crucial evidence. While the cops were on a wild goose chase looking for clues, Simone’s nude and lifeless body was frozen in the chilled waters of the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland near the Conowingo Dam. Yet, significant clues did emerge shortly after she went missing. Like the tweet by a female friend of one of the males who was hanging around the apartment during the time Simone went missing. She tweeted “its trapped at the dam, don’t pull the lever.” The tweet which was later taken down was screen captured in time, and forwarded to the authorities. The female made the twitter post on January 28, 2012, and just a month after Simone had gone missing. That particular fact is very haunting, disturbing, and just outright heartless to know that there was an obvious connection to Simone’s disappearance, especially when she was in fact ultimately found near a dam, and no one had the courage to speak up for young Simone. What did she (“the Twitter Girl”) know? Why was that element of the case never brought to the forefront by investigators?

That wasn’t the only clue to finding young Simone that emerged during the search for her. Psychics told The People’s Champion Blog that young Simone was in a body of water near a bridge that ran between two larges land mass. Their vision was spot on, and when the waters began to thaw, the secret of what happened to the pretty and promising honors kid from Monroe North Carolina finally emerged from the shadows of dispare when state environmental workers spotted the child’s badly decomposed body in the water. The mystery of her whereabouts had been solved, but how she ended up over 30 miles from where she was staying in West Baltimore still hasn’t been discovered.

For a period of time my blog seemed like the only media outlet that was beating the drum for justice in young Phylicia Simone Barnes’ tragic murder, but along the way followers of her heartbreaking story sent information, pictures, and other vital clues to help solve her murder case. From California to Virginia they came curious, tearful, angered, and resolved to find her killers. The public outcry was simply devastated when state prosecutors muffed the case, by gambling and putting a questionable witness on the stand who not only had a criminal past, but also had serious credibility issues that they knew about well in advance prior to putting him on the stand. The witness claimed to have been an eyewitness to seeing Michael Johnson with Simone’s dead body in her sister apartment on the day she disappeared.

Prosecutes put a man name James McCray on the stand who said that Johnson had telephoned him for his advice regarding what to due with the child’s body. McCray told the court that Johnson stated that he had raped the child, she wouldn’t stop crying, and he strangled her to death. McCray said he advise Johnson to get rid of the child’s clothes, wrap her body in bed sheets, and discard her in water to hide potential evidence. His testimony seemed plausible on its face because it matched exactly what the killer had done with Simone’s remains. Defense lawyers fought back and argued that the child’s case was widely broadcast on television and McCray could have easily learned the details of the case be simply viewing the evening news broadcast. To add insult to injury, when defense attorney’s challenged McCray to recall the time period he saw Simone’s body with Johnson, and McCray stated that it was before Christmas. The defense had no further questioning for McCray, abruptly ending questioning of him, and in a fashion that appeared to be an obvious exclamation point for the defense. Simone disappeared after Christmas and the defense did a great job exposing inconsistencies in McCray’s testimony that was so poignant that he appeared as a bold face liar.

The prosecutor’s office not only gambled by putting McCray on the stand, but they deliberately failed to turn over exculpatory evidence that was favorable to Michael Johnson’s defense. McCray had also testified during trial that he had given testimony for the state in a Montgomery County criminal case. The only problem with his testimony, is Montgomery County officials contacted the Baltimore prosecutor’s office and notified them that they backed off on using McCray as a witness, because his testimony had credibility issues. This discovery meant that McCray had perjured himself by lying during testimony in the Michael Johnson murder trial. Instead of the state turning this crucial and exculpatory evidence over to Michael Johnson’s attorney, they concealed the discovery evidence, and leaving the judge no other recourse but declare a mistrial in his case.

The prosecutor’s office quickly brought the case back to court a second time, and during those proceedings the judge ordered the state to redact parts of an audio recording prior to playing it before the court and jury. Despite the judges’ instructions the state played the tape unedited in court. This led to a second mistrial, but the judge then ruled an acquittal setting Michael Johnson free of all charges. The judge cited the lack of evidence to proceed with criminal charges in the case. Although the judge set him free, the state argued that the judge abused his authority by granting Johnson and acquittal after having initially declared a mistrial in the case. The state believed that the judge had no legal authority after he ruled a mistrial. The state sent the case to the Maryland Special Court of Appeals, and the court agreed with the state by reversing the acquittal ruling given to Michael Johnson by the lower Circuit Court of Baltimore, and paving the way for the Baltimore State’ Attorney’s office to put Johnson on trial for the killing of young Phylicia Simone Barnes once again.

It hasn’t been proven in a court of law that Michael Johnson is responsible for the murder of young Simone, and I’m sure that I speak for the late child’s family by stating that they want justice for their child, but real justice and not through covert tactics that violate Johnson’s civil rights. A fair trial is all they are after in the name of justice. To the Mustafa family and the Sallis-Evans family my prayers are with you, as you embark on yet another course seeking justice for the senseless killing of your daughter and sister. It is my greatest hope the justice prevails in this case so that young Simone may finally rest in eternal peace. I’m still with you, and the purple candle still burns in memory of such a promising child who wanted to dedicate her life serving others. Justice for Phylicia Barnes … #RIPSimone #emonis In your memory with love forever! (To read all of the articles written by me for Phylicia’s case, go to the home page and type Phylicia Barnes in the search engine at the top of the page for a list of articles related to her case)


To be continued …

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