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Reopen Kendrick Johnson's Case #J4Kendrick

Kendrick Johnson was born on October 10, 1995. Johnson was both an honor roll student and well-known athletic at Lowndes High School located in Valdosta, Georgia, which caused him to gain a lot of attention. One day on a school bus during football season, both Kendrick Johnson and Brian Bell constantly argued with each other (WSB-TV, 2015). A lot of people on social media suspected that the argument occurred because Brian Bell found out that his girlfriend, who was Taylor Eakin, had allegedly had a sexual affair with Kendrick Johnson after a witness statement was presented by WJCL News. There were two confession statements present on the internet, which made national news. The first statement stated that Taylor Eakin had told someone's best friend that it is true that Taylor Eakin had sexual intercourse with Kendrick Johnson and once Brian Bell had found out he threatened Kendrick Johnson, instead of being mad at her for cheating on him (WJCL News, 2014). According to WJCL News, the anonymous witness letter stated, "once Brian Bell found out that Taylor Eakin had sexual intercourse with Kendrick Johnson while dating Brian Bell, he threatened Kendrick Johnson, and then told him to meet him the old gym after third block." Alledgedly, Brian Bell has also stated that he killed Kendrick Johnson multiple times over the phone (WJCL News). Branden Bell, who was a student at Valdosta High School and is the brother of Brian Bell, had allegedly got drunk at a party on July 4 of 2013 and told people that Brian Bell killed Kendrick Johnson (WJCL News). The second statement was from Ryan Anthony Domek-Hernandez, who is a friend of Branden Bell, which stated that when he went to Branden Bell’s apartment in Florida, Branden Bell had told him that Brian Bell killed Kendrick Johnson by striking his neck with a 45 pound weight/dumbbell after they began arguing over Taylor Eakin (attached photo). According to the second statement, Branden Bell allegedly said that Brian Bell had told Ryan Hall that if he did not keep quiet and help him move Kendrick Johnson’s body, his father, who is Rick Bell  who is a retired F.B.I. agent would make sure that he would pay for it (attached photo). Rick Bell had then contacted Sheriff Prine and notified him about the “fight” between both Brian Bell and Kendrick Johnson. Then, Sheriff Prine allegedly contacted the county coroner (Kendrick Johnson’s organs were removed and replaced with newspaper, which was determined during the second autopsy) (attached photo). The first autopsy, which was performed by Dr. Maryanne Gaffney-Kraft, stated that Kendrick Johnson's fingernails were trimmed and worn short. However, Kendrick Johnson's father stated in a video that Kendrick Johnson always wore his nails long. Also, according to Dr. Rob Jenkins, after the internal examination process is complete, all of the organs are placed back into the body and reconstruct them as much as possible, before the sewing up the incisions and then cotton is placed in the body to prevent fluid drainage (Atkinson & Tavner, 2008). However, during the process of the second autopsy after Kendrick Johnson's body was dug out of the ground, Dr. Bill Anderson (patholigist) confirmed that all of his organs from his head down to his pelvis were absent . Then, Rick Bell allegedly contacted another F.B.I. agent, who remains unknown, so that he could edit the school’s surveillance video by deleting an hour and twenty-five minutes of the school’s original surveillance video (attached photo) (CNN, 2013). Ryan Anthony Domek-Hernandez stated that Branden Bell had also told him that the autopsy was falsely documented (attached photo). However, after Kendrick Johnson’s mother (Jacquelyn Johnson) and father (Kenneth Johnson) did both a second autopsy and a third autopsy on Kendrick Johnson, they had found out that his death was NOT accidental and he had died from blunt force trauma to the upper neck on the right (PDF file). In total, there were three (3) autopsy's: 1st autopsy: accidental, positional asphyxia (false), 2nd autopsy: blunt force trauma (true), and 3rd autopsy: apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma (true). If possible, we demand everyone who was accused of being a part of Kendrick Johnson's murder to take a lie detector test. PLEASE HELP US!! WE HAVE ALL OF THE ANSWERS BUT WE DEMAND JUSTICE!!! Thank you and God bless. According to WALB News 10, Sheriff Prine expressed although the investigation of the death of Kendrick Johnson is closed, he continues to encourage citizens to contact investigators should they have information. Investigators have continued to follow up on all information that has been presented.    Atkinson, R., & Tavner, S. (2008, February 16). What really happens when you die? Meet the people who handle us after death. Retrieved November 09, 2020, from   CNN. (2013, November 21). Missing video in teen gym-mat death? [Video]. Youtube.   WJCL News. (2014, March 21). UPDATE: Anonymous e-mail sent in Kendrick Johnson's death investigation. [Video]. Youtube.   WSB-TV. (2015, August 18). Teens at center of Kendrick Johnson investigation deny involvement pt. 1. [Video]. Youtube.

Jai Holden
1,761,212 supporters
Petitioning United States Supreme Court

Demand a retrial for Angel Bumpass wrongfully convicted 13 year old with a life sentence

13 YEAR OLD FEMALE FALSELY CONVICTED OF MURDER On October 3, 2019, tens years later Angel Bumpass was found guilty of a murder that was committed in 2009, by a jury after only 4 hours and 30 minutes approximately of deliberation.BACKGROUND INFORMATION On January 16,2009 Angel Bumpass was eighth grade star roll student at Brown Middle School. That morning Angel rode the bus from her grandmother's house to school. It was a normal day for Angel, nothing out of the ordinary or spectator happened for her. She rode the bus to arrive home at 2:30 pm....Nine years later on June 14, 2018, she was a 23 year old mother of two, in her second year of school enrolled at Jefferson Community and Technical College. She accepted to the nursing program to begin the program in August 2018. While also working a full time job. Around 6 that morning two detectives came to her door, shockingly, with a warrant for a felony murder to be served to Angel from May 2018. A murder that she had no knowledge of. No one payed attention to the fact that when Angel was 13, that was only 5”0,  and weighted a mere 80 pounds. The evidence against Angel was two partial fingerprints that supposedly came from tape that was used to tie the victim up. The tape in question also had nine other fingerprints that are unknown and were not investigated. A hair was later found on the duct tape 10 years. The hair was never tested. Angel lawyers never got the original duct tape to lift their on prints. The lawyers stated that the duct tape after ten years was no longer available as it had been cut and balled up, yet a picture of the tape and fingerprints were allowed as evidence. The original detective Carl Fields was fire for planting evidence in another case. This was never mention at trial.     Angel's lawyers, Andrea Hayduk and Garth Best, failed to present any type of mitigating circumstances, character witnesses to construct a picture as to who Angel was at that point in her life. To show that she was not culpable of anything of that natural. Angel's lawyers, Andrea Hayduk and Garth Best, were highly disillusioned in the picture they painted leading Angel to believe she had no worries. It was all a mistake that would be sorted out, they told her. That sort never happened and on October 3, 2019 Angel was found guilty due to her lawyers not taking her case seriously. The damage they inflicted is at the expense of her life. JUSTICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD AND SERVED! Angels attorney's Andrea Hayduk and Garth Best, violated her constitutional rights when they failed to put any investigation effort into her defense.Any defense counsel has a duty to independently investigate the facts, circumstances, and law in every case they handle in order to be effective.Duty to investigate includes obligation to investigation all witnesses who may have information concerning his or her client's guilt or innocence.Due to Angel's defense attorney decision not to investigate or present a defense resulted in a inadequate performance that was unreasonable.Angel's lawyer lack of investigation and misrepresentation deprived defendant of a fair trial. Angel's lawyer misrepresentation of the facts and laws clearly shows ineffective assistance. Now A Wrong Need To Be Corrected. Angel had a male co-defendant that was 13 years older than her that was found not guilty. Even though he had witnesses that testified to him confessing to solely committing the murder of the victim. Angel and her male co-defendant were both adamant that they didn't know each other and when the witnesses testified against the male co-defendant they also testified that they didn't know Angel nor had the male co-defendant said anything about Angel involvement with him. People have doubt when it comes to Angel's innocent. After all the police do have evidence against Angel. The evidence they have is two finger prints. Well for one moment lets say the police DID NOT have any evidence. Would you still have doubt? Fingerprints: No two people have the same finger prints according to ''experts''.Well lets dive deeper in to finger prints.FIRST, you have more than 150 ridges( lines and loops on the fingerprint)Second, Tennessee just has to match 12 of those ridges to say there are your fingerprints. TWELVE out of HUNDRED AND FIFTY.Third, a computer send 100 of potential matches. Thenthese "experts" who is state motivated do the final match. Here is my thing when it comes to matching fingerprints if nobody have similar fingerprints. How can the computer send HUNDREDS of POTENTIAL matches to the "expert". Then you have the fact that only TWELVE ridges has to match. So what if the "expert only match ELEVEN ridges would she had been a person of interest? What if two people match would they have had to match more ridges than? So now you ask me why didn't Angel have a fingerprint expert. Well she did. The state experts only send Angel's experts pictures of the TWELVE ridges that was found on the duct tape and a picture of Angel TWELVE ridges. This Fact was was only brought to Angel's attention on the SECOND DAY OF TRIAL. Here is a few case where fingerprints was wrongStephen CowensRichard JacksonLana CanenBrandon MayfieldShirley MckieAudrey Cannon   March 27,2020 Angel has a motion for new trial. We need to make sure the new trial is granted and this time the trial is fair.

cordelia bumpass
862,659 supporters
Petitioning United States Supreme Court, Montgomery Superior Court, Alabama Governor, Alabama Superior Court, Alabama State Senate, The Pardons and Parole Board of Alabama, C​.​J. Robinson, Kay Ivey

Free LaKeith Smith!

At the age of 15, LaKeith Smith was taken into custody for the murder of his friend A'donte Washington who was killed by the police; an undisputed fact. After being sentenced to 65 years in maximum security, a team of advocates came together to save LaKeith's life from a sentence to die in prison. In 2015, LaKeith Smith and five other young boys broke into two residential homes during the day. At the age of 15, LaKeith was the youngest of the group. In response, the police were called to the scene and gunfire erupted. Amidst the conflict and being frightened by the sounds of gunshots, LaKeith ran away and hid. His friend, A’Donte Washington, 16, was tragically shot and killed by the officer during an alleged shoot-out between the two - a shoot-out that was both incorrectly reported and contradicted by ballistic reports.  Despite his lack of involvement, LaKeith was charged and tried for the murder of A’Donte Washington. At 15, Lakieth Smith was NOT offered juvenile detention. Instead, the DA transferred LaKeith to an adult court and offered him a plea deal of “only” 25 years. LaKeith, being a child with a life ahead of him, declined the plea deal and exercised his constitutional right to a trial. Ultimately, when LaKeith was given his day in court, he was found guilty of all counts by an all-white jury. When it came to his sentencing, the judge subjected LaKeith to a 65-year sentence in prison (30 years for murder, 15 years for burglary, and 10 years each for two theft convictions to run consecutively). Only recently has his sentence been reduced to 55 years and none of the reduction came from an acquittal of murder. LaKeith Smith remains confined in Saint Clair, one of America's most dangerous maximum-security prisons. LaKeith was non-violent, he did not endanger anyone, and he certainly did not fire the bullet that murdered his friend. It is likely that if LaKeith had been tried as a juvenile and/or tried appropriately for the burglary, he would be free today. He has served 7 years of his 55 year sentence.  With a 15% approval rate in 2021, Alabama’s judiciary is setting LaKeith up to remain in prison until he is 70 years old. In a study conducted by the CDC, data shows the average life expectancy for a Black man in America is 72.2 years old. LaKeith Smith has essentially received a life sentence for a crime he never committed. It has been almost two years since the JUSTICE4LAKEITHSMITH campaign started. Since then, a team of advocates have been fighting to save LaKeith from dying in prison. We ask for your help. Please share this petition and support the campaign to help us raise awareness about his story and reach decision-makers that can vacate the murder conviction. Thank you.

Amania Galloway
842,693 supporters
Petitioning United States Supreme Court, Human Rights Campaign, Marco Rubio, Florida Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Ron DeSantis, Univision Communications, Federal Bureau of Investigation...

Demand Justice for Darren Rainey

The prior petition for Darren Rainey was closed due to insignificant coverage and attention. Help me resurface this case back up and demand justice for this man who was wrongly killed.  We demand justice for Darren Rainey, a nonviolent offender who was locked in a boiling hot shower for 2 hours by prison guards, leading to his excruciatingly painful death. The prison guards responsible for torturing and killing Darren Rainey must be held accountable. Taken from DailyKos article: His name was Darren Rainey and on June 23, 2012, he was boiled alive. In our country. In our name. And paid for, by us. His last known words were: “I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.” According to reports, he screamed those words over and over and over again. And then he stopped screaming. After being removed from the shower, staff administered CPR, with one a nurse registering Rainey’s internal temperature at 102 degrees, well above the normal temperature of 98.6. The autopsy report states that 12 hours after his death, Rainey’s body still had a temperature of about 94 degrees. Darren Rainey was a 50 year old, non-violent offender serving a two year sentence for cocaine possession in Florida’s Dade Correctional Institution. He was housed in the psychiatric ward because he was schizophrenic. For reasons unknown, Rainey, a schizophrenic, had smeared feces on himself. When guards told him to clean it up, he refused. He was then hauled off and handcuffed in “the shower”. Scalding water poured over him for up to two hours. While he screamed in agony and for his life, officers reportedly taunted “how do you like your shower?”. When ‘clean up’ was called in, chunks of skin that had separated from his body were part of what remained. According to reporting, “The shower was just one tool the corrections officers used to torment prisoners in the ward, known as the transitional care unit.” Two full years after his death, no-one had been held responsible. According to a June 2014 Miami Herald report: A Herald investigation, first published in May, showed through public records and interviews by witnesses, including a nurse on duty at the time, that Rainey’s death was never properly investigated by the Department of Corrections or Miami-Dade police. Evidence also suggests that the Department of Corrections might have tried to cover up the incident. Update To The Original Diary (Published Last Year)According to the Miami Herald, four years after his death, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s office has officially ruled what happened to Darren Rainey’s “accidental”. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s autopsy report, completed this week, concluded that Rainey died from complications of schizophrenia, heart disease and “confinement” in the shower back in June 2012, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Rainey, 50, did not suffer any burns anywhere on his body, and investigators could not conclude that the specially rigged shower was “excessively” hot the day he collapsed, the report said. Sources said the autopsy concluded that corrections officers had “no intent” to harm Rainey when they kept him in the shower for up to two hours.  Got that? A shower that was specifically rigged to scald human beings cannot be proven — years after the fact — to have contributed to Darren Rainey being boiled alive.  The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office must now decide whether to charge corrections officers with committing a crime, such as manslaughter, for locking Rainey in the shower and leaving him. A spokesman declined to comment. A federal criminal investigation is also continuing into Rainey’s death.

Jenny Illarramendi
538,323 supporters