Two judges found "probable cause" a homicide was committed by JEREMY BANKS sufficient to validate search warrants and dismiss a federal lawsuit BANKS filed against FDLE agent Rusty Ray Rodgers.
But as of the eighth anniversary of the Michelle O'Connell homicide, only St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver, alone among local officials, has spoken out in support of a federal investigation. (See December 23, 2013 letter to St. Augustine Record, before she ran for office, below).
Which other local officials will now speak out?
It takes a village to extirpate corruption.
We have a corrupt Sheriff -- good people must act.
We, The People, will not be scared or deterred of four-flushing Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, an eight-time loser, whose endorsements cause candidates to lose.
Federal and state officials must continue to investigate and prosecute the Michelle O'Connell homicide, obstruction of justice, retaliatory persecution and attempted prosecution of ethical lawmen, and tormenting of a victim's family, which began on the evening of this date, September 2, 2010.
Justice for Michelle O'Connell. Now.
SHOAR later bragged, "I've known the family for a long, long, long time."
JEREMY BANKS is reportedly:
- paternal great-grandson of former St. Augustine Mayor Everett B. Meade,
- paternal great nephew of another former St. Augustine Commissioner (Shelby "Ted" Meade),
- maternal grandson of the Ponce family (Margo Ponce).
So a politically connected Sheriff's deputy shot and killed his girlfriend, with:
- no St. Augustine Record. newspaper coverage,
- no arrest and a botched investigation, and
- bizarre, belated recusal by State's Attorney RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA just before a planned exhumation and autopsy.
In response to public uproar, Florida Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT appointed two (2) incurious "special prosecutors":
each from an adjoining judicial district;
each refused to take the September 2, 2010 homicide of Michelle O'Connell to the grand jury.
Gov. SCOTT has not yet provided documents on the case, which I requested August 12, 2018.
Governor SCOTT is a close political ally of Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, named along with SHOAR's mentor, former City Manager WILLAIM BARRY HARRISS, to the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
After The New York Times began investigating in 2013, St. Johns Sheriff DAVID SHOAR caterwauled, commissioning a witch hunt committee, writing a false report provided federal aencies, working for five years to destroy the career of an FDLE special agent.
Angry, bullying Sheriff DAVID SHOAR publicly caterwauled and angrily accused the O'Connell family of "molesting"her body by having it exhumed and autopsied by independent pro bono experts.
The autopsy revealed Michelle's jaw was broken.
In 2013, District 23 Medical Examiner PREDRAG BULIC and his henchmen HOBIN missed that her jaw was broken.
Since her jaw was broken -- and there's that a cut on her eyelid -- it definitely looks like homicide (Domestic battery before murder.)
Sheriff SHOAR never apologized for his abuses of power, either in the Michelle O'Connell case or anything else, including rampant Fourth Amendment violations found by four federal judges (three Republican appointees).
Since 2012, Folio Weekly Magazine, New York Times, PBS Frontline, NBC News Dateline, ABC 20/20, Dr. Phil and others documented the facts.
For five years SHOAR has refused to be interviewed by New York Times investigative reporter Walt Bogdanich. (Wonder why? As the late William F. Buckley, Jr. once said, "Why does baloney reject the grinder?)
St. Johns County Sheriff DAVID SHOAR maintains on his website a page of links to materials and court documents falsely claiming that Michelle O'Connell committed suicide and that JEREMY BANKS was improperly suspected, investigated and searched. SHOAR's website also contains a paen to racist Sheriff LAWRENCE O. DAVIS, with three material false statements (falsely stating DAVIS "held the town together" when he was a civil rights violator, stating Dr. King was arrested her by "federal agents," and falsely stating DAVIS was "exonerated" by the Florida State Senate, which removed him from office by 44-2 vote.
In dismissing BANKS' lawsuit against FDLE Special Agent Rusty Ray Rodgers, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis ordered on March 30, 2018 (Good Friday/Passover) that there was probable cause that Michelle O'Connell was murdered by JEREMY BANKS. That makes two (2) judges who found probable cause that BANKS committed homicide -- so did County Court Judge Charles Tinlin in 2011.
Posted December 18, 2013 02:15 pm
By NANCY SHAVER St. Augustine
Letter: Something for Alexis' stocking
The St. Augustine Record
Editor: The Empty Stocking fund appeal always brings me to thoughts of children, and this year to seven-year-old, Alexis O’Connell, whose mother, Michelle, died of a gunshot in 2010 under circumstances that are at best unclear. At the age of four Alexis was left to wonder why, if the Sheriff’s office investigation were to be believed, her mother who loved her so deeply, and called to say she was on her way to her, suddenly decided to kill herself and leave Alexis alone.
I’ll make a donation to the Empty Stocking fund as many of us will. But this year I’ll also take the time to contact [the] … United States Attorney, and ask [him] to investigate the handling of Michelle’s death. Nothing will restore Michelle to this earth, but clear-eyed justice can give Alexis some measure of peace.
Please consider adding your voice to this request….
A comprehensive and professional inquiry would be a gift not only to Alexis and her family, but also to all of us who look to the law to protect and serve us equally.