The night that Rhonda McClean was shot in the face at point blank range and robbed of nearly $65,000.00 dollars has always been a very troubling story. The victim only told cops that her daughter was involved in the crime, and police reports from officers who were primary to the scene that night all indicate at the very minimum, that she didn’t know who attacked her. So, when young Shannon Nyamodi was locked up hours later and charged with the heinous crime on August 16, 2012, suspicion began to surface related to how police were able to connect the dots, concluding that the youth was the actual perpetrator during such an early stage of the investigation. More importantly. forensics (i.e. trace evidence such as DNA, finger prints, ballistics, etc.) nor eyewitness accounts from individuals from the scene that night could have linked Shannon to the crime, because official reports establish that two police agencies had determined that “the suspected shooter was no longer at the scene,” and with the youth not having a criminal past of any kind underscores the lack of probable cause police had to arrest the youth for this crime.
To highlight my argument, the police’ theory that young Shannon and the victim’s daughter had conspired to kill the woman in this robbery tale, was never thoroughly investigated, and must come under serious scrutiny. Shannon Nyamodi was arrested on August 16, 2012 at 3:10 p.m. approximately ten hours after cops had obtained a search warrant to process 109 Shearin Court, which was the actual location of the crime scene. Police weren’t made away of the allege plot and conspiracy until August 17, 2012 at approximately 4:30 p.m., when Youngsville police officer Lt. Little filed his report outlining information provided to him by an allege Confidential Informant (CI) implicating the youth in the crime (a little over 24 hours after Shannon Nyamodi had been arrested and charged with the crime). The allege CI’s hearsay statement to Youngsville police has always been the premise for suspecting Shannon Nyamodi being involved in this crime. The CI also alleges that another man had text from Facebook detailing Shannon and the victim’s daughter plotting to commit the crime. View an excerpt from Lt. Little’s report below:
Please take note that although Lt. Little’s report indicates that he became aware of this information alleging Shannon Nyamodi’s involvement in the crime, the date in which he filed his report (lower right) was actually three days after the crime on August 19, 2012.
Lt. Little’s Entire Report
Despite the peculiarity of the police’ conspiracy theory having been obtained after Shannon was arrested, Lt. Little’s official report detailing the youth’s involvement was submitted on August 19, 2012, and no explanation as to why the report was delayed. TPC has long suspected that Little’s report was problematic because it’s written on a Supplementary Investigation form. The very term “Supplementary” infers that the report was an addition to some previously written report, and the case file is void of any documentation suggesting that the ranking police official had submitted any other report related to the case (view the heading of Lt. Little’s report from the link above).
On August 21, 2012 four days after Youngsville police acquired information pertaining to Shannon Nyamodi’s alleged involvement in the crime, State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) Special Agent J.E. Heinrich, and FCSO deputy Ralph Almkuist conducted an interview with an allege associate of Shannon Nyamodi, Donald James Chalk (D.J. Chalk). Chalk allegedly told the officials that Shannon had contacted him via text on Facebook two days prior to the shooting (August 14, 2012), inquiring whether he (D.J.) still had a shotgun, and d.J. indicated that he did. Shannon was allegedly supposed to have requested to borrow the weapon because “we need it”, according to a search warrant application for seizure of Shannon’s and his allege co defendant’s (victim’s daughter) Facebook accounts. According to the same search warrant application affidavit, D.J. even showed an allege text exchange between him and Shannon Nyamodi to investigators. View an excerpt from the Facebook search warrant application investigators submitted for seizure and discovery of alleged text items evidentiary to the crime below:
Note the highlighted area describing investigator’s claim of having viewed a “snapshot” of the allege text exchange regarding the shotgun between D.J. and Shannon Nyamodi.
The Facebook search warrant document appears to be a measure that investigators took in an effort to build a case linking Shannon Nyamodi to the victim’s daughter, which would substantiate the conspiracy theory cops alleged. However, the document has strangely appeared in the case file at the county clerk’s office, and the file itself still doesn’t include separate reports by Special Agent Heinrich or FCSO deputy Ralph Almkuist detailing their investigative findings (standard procedure) to create probable cause for the Facebook search warrant in the first place. Also, investigators appear to have bought into D.J.’s story without conducting a thorough investigation into his allegations. The Facebook search warrant reveals some troubling aspects of the investigation establishing the allege conspiracy between Shannon and his co defendant:
1. The Facebook search warrant application indicates that Heinrich and Almkuist only viewed a snapshot of the allege text exchange, and states that Heinrich only noted the information without attempting to get the evidence in a more tangible fashion (i.e. obtaining a copy of the image, getting an actual screen shot of the image from D.J.’s Facebook account).
2. Investigators failed to substantiate if D.J. was even an associate of Shannon’s or another potential conspirator involved in the case. The volume of eye witness statements given to police the night of the crime, and specifically accounts of a white male having fled the scene should have made cops more hard pressed to verify D.J.’s story (no reports exist indicating such extensive investigation was ever conducted).
3. No police reports from investigators indicating that D.J.’s Facebook page was ever actually viewed to substantiate his story, and images of D.J. posing with a volume of cash the next day after the crime, and several people having stated that D.J. is actually the person who shot Rhonda McClean in the face that night creates suspicion surrounding why the police failed to delve deeper into D.J.’s conspiracy theory. View what cops indicated in the Facebook search warrant application that was supposed to have been a text exchange between D.J. and Shannon Nyamodi below:
Now view an image of Donald James “DJ” Chalk which he posted on his Facebook wall the very next day. If investigators had been more proactive investigating D.J.’s conspiracy theory, a connection could possibly have been made surrounding the volume of cash he is pictured with, and rumors circulating that he may in fact have been the actual perpetrator of this crime:
Notice the image of a screen capture from D.J.’s Facebook page (circled in yellow to the right) was posted on August 17, 2012, a day after the crime occurred.
It’s ironic that the guy various people within the community are blaming this heinous crime on, is posting pictures of himself with a volume of cash on Facebook, and while he just happens to be the source from which the conspiracy theory between Shannon Nyamodi and the victim’s daughter originated from. It’s also very strange that all of these investigative findings are taking place after Shannon had already been taken into custody. Usually, it works the other way around. The cops conduct investigations into crimes to build sufficient evidence and probable cause to arrest, and charge criminals suspected of committing a crime. Some how it seems that police had extra sensory perception, knowing that all of these allegations against Shannon Nyamodi would be surfacing, and took the kid into custody and charged him before hand. Witnesses also revealed that at the time of the shooting, D,J, Chalk was unemployed, living at home in his parent’s trailer, and had been boasting about having committed the crime.
Even local TV channel 5 (WRAL) reported that the alleged text and Facebook exchanges existed between Shannon Nyamodi and the victim’s teen daughter, plotting to kill her mother for money, according to police reports the media outlet had obtained in the case, and bolstering the conspiracy theory the Franklin County Sheriff’s office had claimed. View an actual channel 5 clip below:
WRAL Coverage of the Crime
The text messages and Facebook exchanges between the two suspects wouldn’t have been the only evidence available for investigators to make a determination as to who committed the crime. Shannon Nyamodi’s attorney Maitry “Mike” Klinkosum filed discovery motions to obtain all evidence against his client. This would have included DNA, fingerprints, clothing items, ballistic testing, and even the alleged weapon used in the crime. None of these requested documents have ever been in the case file at the county clerk’s office, and still are missing. Strangely, in recent days some items have some how found their way back in the file, but critical documents necessary to substantiate charges against Shannon Nyamodi aren’t present. The DNA testing conducted for comparison purposes which could place Shannon at the actual crime scene is missing. Also, the mysterious finger print that investigators lifted off of the sliding glass door, that one account of the victim alleges her assailant came from, also doesn’t have documentation in the file establishing if it matched Shannon’s print profile.
It’s simply unimaginable that such crucial evidence mysteriously isn’t present in either of the two files for the case at the clerk’s office. These missing documents are problematic and directly challenges why prosecutors have been hiding the case within it’s docket system (by taking it off of the docket entirely). However, the file does strangely have a continuance motion submitted by Klinkosum requesting continuance in the case. Klinkosum alleges in the document that Shannon Nyamodi “is in agreement with this Motion to Continue and does not, in anyway, make any request for speedy trial at this time.” See an excerpt from the motion below:
At the same time Klinkosum is alleging that Shannon Nyamodi doesn’t want a speedy trial, the file includes a handwritten request for a speedy trial just a little over a week prior to Klinkosum having allegedly filed for a continuance in the case. More interestingly though, Shannon’s case appeared on the January 21, 2014 docket any way and if the prosecutors were aware that Klinkosum wanted to continue the case, why on earth would prosecutors schedule the case for January 21, 2014. Take a look at Shannon Nyamodi’s handwritten request for a speedy trial with the reception from Klinkosum’s office handwriting indicating the date and time that she received it in the law firm’s office below:
Shannon Nyamodi’s handwritten request for a speedy trial.
The request for a speedy trial was done at the direction of Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood, who actually drove Shannon’s mother to the Franklin County Jail that day to make sure she got to see her son (jail officials had been denying her access to Shannon). Shannon also signed his Habeas Corpus the same day. These facts establish that he wanted his case resolved in a speedy fashion. Why on earth would he suddenly change his mind only eight days later, on January 14, 2014 the day Klinkosum allegedly filed for a contiuance, and claiming that Shannon didn’t want a speedy trial? The Nyamodi family had long suspected that Klinkosum was working against Shannon, because he has repeatedly been requesting for Shannon to take a plea deal. The Continuance motion that Klinkosum submitted also alleges that the defense and prosecution were working on a non-trial resolution of the case. That statement alone confirms Klinkosum is working against young Shannon Nyamodi because he has never considered taking a deal, continuously maintained his innocence, and exposes Klinkosum’s out right lie presented before the court in this case.
Assistant District Attorney Annette Sellers and attorney Klinkosum’ idea of a non-trial resolution is utilizing pressuring tactics (i.e. housing Shannon in segregation, harassing him in jail, denying him access to his family, etc.) in an effort to wear him down, and get him to agree to a plea deal in the case. The prosecutor has even been to the jail to solicit a plea arrangement from Shannon without his attorney present, or authorization from Shannon Nyamodi himself. Kilnkosum also threatened Shannon and members of his family by stating “if you talk to anyone about this case, your mother, or try to hire another attorney I will help the prosecution convict you, and make sure you get 30 years in prison.” A prosecutor’s office desperate for a plea from a criminal (rarely seen), a threatening defense lawyer, and the bizarre circumstance of Shannon Nyamodi’s case having bee taken off of the docket, and continued for so long underscores serious problems with the case against this young defendant.
All of these peculiar circumstances in this case seem like a script straight out of a made for T.V. movie, but one document recently discovered in the case file that wasn’t present before, shreds tremendous light on this entire matter, and establishes why Shannon Nyamodi should never have been charged for this crime from the very start. All of the “mumbo jumbo” included in the Facebook search warrant application where D.J. Chalk provides cops with the conspiracy theory, which he successfully convinced Special Agent J.E. Heinrich and FCSO deputy Ralph Almkuist that Shannon Nyamodi requested to borrow a shotgun from him to commit the crime was a “freaking” lie. The document goes as for to describe these investigators as having actually viewed the text exchange between D.J. and Shannon. They apparently bought his story and applied for a search warrant to seize the Facebook Accounts of Shannon Nyamodi and the victim’s daughter, to establish communication between the pair who allegedly conspired to commit the crime.
In the Facebook warrant State Bureau of Investigations Special Agent J.E. Heinrich goes to great length detailing the alleged conspiracy theory, that Shannon Nyamodi had conspired with the victim’s daughter to commit what has been described as a “murder for hire scheme.” Alleging that the youth utilized text messages and Facebook to plot out the crime, Heinrich also attempts to establish that Shannon Nyamodi also communicated with D.J. Chalk (witness) soliciting to borrow a shotgun from him to met out the crime. Heinrich sold the story to Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens who authorized the Facebook warrant, without Heinrich conducting extensive investigation into what he claims to have seen on D.J.’s cell phone. Judge Stephens also apparently didn’t verify that substantial probable cause existed for the warrant either. They both were proven to be sorely mistaken, and the information investigators received from D.J. Chalk imploded in their faces.
On August 27, 2012 (only 11 days after the crime) SBI Special Agent J.E. Heinrich applied for a search warrant for the Facebook accounts of Shannon Nyamodi (“Negrito Rockmykrates Fuego”) and his alleged co defendant (victim’s daughter identified as username “Sammi Marie MacClean”) to confirm witness statements alleging communication between the pair while plotting the crime. SBI SA Heinrich concluded his search of the accounts the same day, according to the search warrant affidavit filed with the clerk’s office, and no record was discovered substantiating that Shannon Nyamodi communicate with the victim’s daughter, or D.J. Chalk for that matter as Chalk had told investigators. View the Inventory of Items Seized as Pursuant to Search Order authorized by judge Donald W. Stephens that was submitted to the county clerk’s office by Special Agent J.E. Heinrich below:
Take note of the areas circled in yellow indicating that no records were found (establishing that Shannon Nyamodi hadn’t communicated with D.J. nor the co defendant at all on Facebook) and that Heinrich actually swore to the document before a court official on November 11, 2012, nearly three months after the search was conducting, and findings were revealed to him.
Moreover, the case file doesn’t contain a search warrant for cellphone records revealing evidence that Shannon and his minor co defendant had exchanged text messages as reports of witness accounts had alleged. In fact, there will never be any such evidence presented by investigators or the prosecutor’s office, because Shannon Nyamodi didn’t own a cell at the time the crime was committed, and wasn’t friends with the girl. This document hadn’t previously been in the case file, but it’s sudden emergence establishes the most exculpatory evidence for Shannon Nyamodi so far in this case. It’s also suspected that the highly discussed finger print from the glass door at the crime scene documentation and findings aren’t in the file because it’s not Shannon Nyamodi’s print, and the DNA comparisons of Shannon for alleged bloody clothing items at the crime scene, paperwork findings aren’t in the file either, and likely for the same reason. The test results more than likely exclude Shannon as the contributor. Why else are these documents missing? Why else would a prosecutor take a criminal case completely off the docket if they had real culpable evidence against this young man?
Upon Special Agent Heinrich’ discovery that no records existed within the searched Facebook accounts linking Shannon Nyamodi to any communication with his allege co defendant or witness D.J.’s “shotgun story”, the entire course of the investigation should have shifted. The case from the very start has always been predicated on a theory that Shannon had been hired by the victim’s daughter to kill her mother, for a $3,000.00 payment in return. Without cellphone records establishing the allege text message communications between the two, the entire conspiracy theory is destroyed because the Facebook warrant completely dismisses any notion that Shannon Nyamodi communicated with the co defendant or D.J. Chalk whatsoever. Special Agent Heinrich’ delay in submitting his findings to the court (11/20/12 and nearly 3 months later) is not only very concerning, but could be interpreted as suppression of evidence considering the magnitude of what his discovery reveals. The Facebook search warrant findings coupled with all of the other crucial documents, related to DNA testing, fingerprints, and ballistic findings being missing from the case file, all establish serious doubt that the Franklin County sheriff’s Office had probable cause to charge Shannon Nyamodi. The prosecutor’s office was also fully aware of the Facebook warrant findings, and the other missing paperwork.
Now that sufficient evidence exist completely dispelling fabricated stories related to Shannon Nyamodi conspiring with the victim’s daughter to kill her mother, and another man (D.J. Chalk) attempting to acquire a shotgun to use in the crime, a microscope must be placed over the Franklin County Sheriff’s office entire investigation to determine how Shannon was charged. We have already revealed that some unknown person wrote a handwritten addendum on the search warrant application used to obtain Shannon’s DNA, alleging that he had confessed to the crime while admitting to his co defendant’s involvement in the crime plot. The Facebook warrant findings sheds tremendous doubt that Shannon Nyamodi ever confessed to the crime, and the person who wrote the suspicious confession addendum on the affidavit falsified an official court document. No evidence exist anywhere establishing that Shannon Nyamodi even knew this girl or D.J. Chalk. Where did the investigation go once SA Heinrich discovered no Facebook connections between to the alleged suspects?
Instead of doing the right thing by conducting a more thorough investigation into this crime or either simply releasing Shannon Nyamodi, those in control of this entire matter chose to subvert, suppress, and maliciously prosecute this young man without sufficient evidence to support their charges. Let’s face it, the Facebook search warrant application derived from a lie provided to investigators by a witness (D.J. Chalk). When Heinrich made his discoveries related to that warrant, further investigation should have transpired, and primarily determining why D.J. had lied to police. Interestingly though, how did Heinrich see the allege text exchange between D.J. and Shannon on a cellphone as the Facebook warrant application he submitted described. Either D.J. or Heinrich are telling a lie. Who is telling the truth? What’s known for certain is that a lie (regardless of who created it) was utilized to obtain a search warrant, and the warrant’s findings didn’t support investigators’ premise for the obtaining it.
Serious questions arise now, like why didn’t investigators obtain a warrant for D.J.’s Facebook account after determining that he lied to police? Why wasn’t a warrant obtained for the allege shotgun that D.J. said Shannon Nyamodi wanted to borrow for the crime? Hell, that actually could have been the weapon used in the shooting. Why wasn’t a search warrant obtained for D.J.’s cellphone records? If he had an allege text message exchange with Shannon Nyamodi, wouldn’t investigator’s want to know what they actual saw on his cellphone, or what other evidence might be on their? All of these question have strong merit considering D.J. admits to having a discussion with Shannon regarding a weapon to use in a serious violent crime. Investigators had probable cause to pursue these investigations solely on the lie D.J. told them about having exchanged text messages with Shannon. In most jurisdictions in america it’s against the law to lie to police investigators, but for some reason no “bones” were apparently ever made with D.J. by the cops regarding the false information he provided to them. Now it makes since why Special Agent J.E. Heinrich perhaps was delayed in submitting his findings to the court. I personally would feel like an idiot if I presented such a warrant application before a judge, only for the evidence to come back dismissing my entire theory pertaining to my sworn statement before the court. Heinrich probably submitted the findings at a period of time when no one would be asking questions. It was nearly three months after the actual crime, all of the local buzz regarding the case had died down, and by the time it was submitted everyone probably had forgotten about the lie D.J. told the cops.
The Facebook warrant findings document some how showed up in the case file at the clerk’s office, and who ever put it there probably intended for it to get the exposure that will most certainly derive from such a discovery. Investigators knew a little over a week after this crime that a conspiracy between Shannon Nyamodi and the victim’s daughter more than likely never occurred, and the document was suppressed by all involved, solely for the purpose of prosecuting an innocent man. To do this to anyone is a very serious miscarriage of justice, but to snatch the life, liberty, and pursuant of happiness away from a young man willing to die for his country, is simply one of the most saddest commentaries I’ve ever composed. Free Shannon Nyamodi! An army is forming!!
To Be Continued ..
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