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North Carolina Youth Own Family Responsible For His Continued Persecution: Shannon Nyamodi’s Mother Says Vicious Aunt Reportedly Helping Officials To Convict Son For Crimes Where Compelling Evidence Points To His Innocence

He is a young man with no prior brushes with the law of any kind, but sadly a horrific ordeal landed him in a Franklin County jail cell nearly two years ago. Quite frankly, it’s rather bizarre how cops came to the conclusion that he conspired with Rhonda Maclean’s daughter, to kill her and rob her of nearly $65,000.00 dollars one autumn night back in 2012. Many of the official documents have already been made public while pointing to Shannon Nyamodi’s innocence of having been involved in this horrible crime. In fact Shannon should never have even been charged with shooting Maclean in the face at point blank range. There was sufficient evidence very early on in the investigation that even the most inexperienced lawyer could have successfully argued for the charges to be dropped. Instead, an incompetent lawyer has failed to properly represent the youth’ efforts of regaining his freedom.

Elizabeth Crudup (Shannon’s mother) said she got bad vibes from attorney Maitry “Mike” Klinkosum from the very start. The mother said that he appeared to be more interested in collecting money from other clients unrelated to her son’s case, and declined to hear details regarding Shannon’s case when her family met with him to possibly obtain his services. Displeased with Klinkosum’s apparent apathy pertaining to shannon’s case, Crudup says that she decline to acquire him for her son’s legal representation for criminal charges he faced. Crudup also said that it was very clear to Klinkosum, her brother, sister, and her sister’s husband that she didn’t have confidence in Klinkosum to be the right attorney for the job. The family began to filter out of the law firm’s office and she explains that the elevator was very small, so she and her brother went down first, but her sister and her husband were delayed for an extended period of time before coming down.

Crudup said that she learned days later that Klinkosum had became her son’s attorney against her wishes. According to Crudup, Shannon telephoned her from the Franklin county jail with excitement, and told her that Klinkosum had come to the detention center to get him to sign legal documents authorizing him to represent him. Crudup says she was in disbelief and stated to her son “no shannon you didn’t do that?” Shannon told his mother that the attorney had promised him that if he signed the documents for him to represent him, that he would have him out of jail by noon Monday the next day. She also discovered that her sister had given Klinkosum a $30,000.00 dollar check for Shannon’s legal expenses. knowing that the family made it perfectly clear that they weren’t comfortable with Klinkosum, Crudup says that her sister’s actions were nothing short of complete betrayal. She has repeatedly requested that Klinkosum be terminated because the manner in which he went to the jail and deceptively had Shannon sign documents naming him as the attorney of record in the case, confirmed for Crudup that he couldn’t be trusted.

At one point when the family challenged Klinkosum regarding the tactics her used to obtain representation of Shannon, Klinkosum called the sister and agreed to return the check. On the day he was suppose to reimburse the family Klinkosum went to the jail and threatened Shannon. Shannon telephoned his mother later on that day and expressed to her that he could no longer speak to her. When she inquired as to why he made such a statement, Shannon advised his mother that attorney Klinkosum told him that “if you speak to anyone else or your mother regarding this case, and I get fired, I will help the prosecution convict you and make sure you get a thirty year sentence.” Crudup says that her sister also called her daughter and made similar threats. Crudup said that her sister stated “Shannon is going to get thirty years if your mother doesn’t back off.” The sister’s actions appear to be counterproductive to assisting Shannon in regaining his freedom, and seemed confusing at first.

However, Crudup explained that her sister was dealing with post pardon depression and that she is known to display rather peculiar behavior. She also revealed that there is an apparent spat among her siblings related to her sister. Crudup said that the sister is very self centered and becomes agitated when she isn’t at the center of attention. She also believes that her sister may have deliberately went behind the family’s back to hire Klinkosum in an effort to bring shame and humiliation upon her and Shannon. She says that the fact her brother flew from Africa to support her son may also have been a determining factor for her sister to display such viciousness against her child. Crudup expressed that she believes that her sister wants Shannon to be locked up for as long as possible, despite whether he is guilty or innocent. To support Crudup’s belief that her sister has acted viciously to hurt Shannon during such a difficult time for the youth, she says that the family had agreed to work together to assist Shannon with the criminal charges that he faces. Crudup said that her sister was sitting in the room when Klinkosum was told that they declined to retain him, and the fact that she sneakily hired him any way speaks volumes regarding her intentions to negatively impact her son’s legal troubles.

Crudup also points out that the arrest warrant for Shannon should never have been issued. The story that cops were given to implicate Shannon in the crime and forensic evidence (if any) linking him to the crime were all obtained by police after the youth had already been in custody. Additionally, as it stands right now, the only thing that connects Shannon to the crime are hearsay statements from a confidential informant, which state investigative reports prove that the witness had in fact lied to police. If there is any hard evidence like traceable forensics linking Shannon to this crime, they have never been made public. Most of these facts have already been publish through various blog articles. Klinkosum hasn’t even made any discovery that he has obtained from the prosecutor public either. Other disturbing elements of the case against Shannon Nyamodi highlights Klinkosum’s poor representation of this client as well.

Shannon was also charged with larceny of a firearm (the victim’s .22 caliber rifle), but a police seizure log from the residence where the crime occurred reveals that the weapon was actually confiscated by police on the day of the shooting. Klinkosum never motioned to the court to have that charge thrown out. There are so many rudimentary actions that should have been accomplished as early as the pretrial phase of this case that Klinkosum failed to do. Crudup says that Klinkosum has also refused to speak with her regarding Shannon’s case. She said that he has been telling judges to ignore her when she files legal documents on Shannon’s behave. Perhaps the most damaging inaction that Klinkosum has done, is to have allowed Shannon’s case to be taken off of the docket indefinitely with no sign of a court date, according to Crudup. Crudup says that her son’s case continues to be postponed while Klinkosum is involved with a high profile criminal case unrelated to Shannon.

The court has allowed the case to be continued without any record establishing justification for such extended delay, nor any timetable placed on the record for the trial to continue. The case was taken off of the docket February 20, 2013 and the only continuance in the case file was entered on February 14, 2014 after issues pertaining to Shannon’s constitutional right to a speedy trial were made public, and there is no order indicating if the judge in the case had in fact granted the motion for continuance. All of these irregular procedural aspects of the case are disturbing, but the most compelling element which may point to malicious prosecution of Shannon Nyamodi, is the manner in which he is being housed at the Franklin County detention Center. Shannon has been placed on segregation (solitary) and has been in such tight housing condition for over a year. Jail officials won’t even allow his mother to visit him. Crudup was told that she wasn’t going to be permitted to see her son so she might as well stop coming to the jail. In recent attempts to visit Shannon on his regular visiting days, she was told by a jail official that Shannon wasn’t allowed to have any visits whatsoever.

Despite these unlawful actions, Klinkosum has done nothing to assist Shannon related to these issues. Shannon Nyamodi isn’t on death row and nor has he been convicted of the charges against him. Jail officials have not shown good cause to keep him locked up in his cell for 23 hours a day. Many from the public following this case believe that Shannon is being treated in this fashion to solicit a plea agreement from him for crimes he didn’t commit. Even Klinkosum seems to think that Shannon will eventually break and plea to a lesser charge. In the motion for continuance request that Klinkosum submitted to the court February 14, he writes that he is confident that the case will have a non trial resolution. It’s puzzling that Klinkosum could make such an assertion considering that Shannon has never confessed to these crimes, and has been adamant about not accepting responsibility for something he didn’t do. Sources on the ground in Louisburg, North Carolina tells TPC that Shannon is being beaten down by jail officials, and may explain why no one is being allowed to visit him.

More disturbingly though, is the fact that Shannon hasn’t written or called his mother, his father, and not even his sister whom he is extremely close with. This reality is frightening and has caused National Action Network officials, journalist, and others advocating Shannon’s plight to question whether he is even still alive. Elizabeth Crudup refuses to even entertain such a mindset, and reiterates how fearful she is regarding her son’s safety while in custody. The mother expresses how vicious the actions of her sister are, and makes it known that Shannon is being persecuted solely because of her sister’s refusal to fire Klinkosum as Shannon’s attorney of record. Crudup says that Klinkosum has been pressuring Shannon to take a plea deal from the onset of this entire ordeal. The very inference or suggestion of plea bargaining in Shannon’s case from Klinkosum who was allegedly paid $50,000.00 dollars to represent him when considering the case file is simply preposterous.

That’s of course if you believe that Klinkosum actually received all of the money. The sister’s  alleged act of betrayal toward her siblings and Shannon by sneakily hiring Klinkosum against the family’s desire, coupled with her assisting Klinkosum by soliciting a threat of a thirty year sentence for Shannon against her own family, may point to some other adverse dynamic associate with her intentions, and clearly bolsters Ms. Crudup’s claim that her own sister is working along with the prosecutor and attorney Klinkosum to negatively impact the criminal case against her nephew. If it’s all true as it has been described to TPC related to Shannon’s aunt hindering him from obtaining the best legal representation possible, the actions of his aunt are not only vicious, but also a disturbing dilemma which has caused her siblings child great emotional, psychological, and perhaps physical torture when he is clearly innocent. It’s disturbing that other family members, chiefly the men, haven’t become more involved to correct the sister’s egregious actions that appear to have been meted out to hurt Shannon. Klinkosum should have been fired a long time ago, especially after he threatened the family, and the fact that the sister who hired him refuses to do so, is an evil and vile act which may permanently divide a family predicated solely on individual selfishness. She isn’t Shannon’s mother, and the funds she used to pay Klinkosum wasn’t hers alone. What a selfish witch!

To Be Continued ..

 

 

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He is a young man with no prior brushes with the law of any kind, but sadly a horrific ordeal landed him in a Franklin County jail cell nearly two years ago. Quite frankly, it’s rather bizarre how cops came to the conclusion that he conspired with Rhonda Maclean’s daughter, to kill her and rob her of nearly $65,000.00 dollars one autumn night back in 2012. Many of the official documents have already been made public while pointing to Shannon Nyamodi’s innocence of having been involved in this horrible crime. In fact Shannon should never have even been charged with shooting Maclean in the face at point blank range. There was sufficient evidence very early on in the investigation that even the most inexperienced lawyer could have successfully argued for the charges to be dropped. Instead, an incompetent lawyer has failed to properly represent the youth’ efforts of regaining his freedom.

Elizabeth Crudup (Shannon’s mother) said she got bad vibes from attorney Maitry “Mike” Klinkosum from the very start. The mother said that he appeared to be more interested in collecting money from other clients unrelated to her son’s case, and declined to hear details regarding Shannon’s case when her family met with him to possibly obtain his services. Displeased with Klinkosum’s apparent apathy pertaining to shannon’s case, Crudup says that she decline to acquire him for her son’s legal representation for criminal charges he faced. Crudup also said that it was very clear to Klinkosum, her brother, sister, and her sister’s husband that she didn’t have confidence in Klinkosum to be the right attorney for the job. The family began to filter out of the law firm’s office and she explains that the elevator was very small, so she and her brother went down first, but her sister and her husband were delayed for an extended period of time before coming down.

Crudup said that she learned days later that Klinkosum had became her son’s attorney against her wishes. According to Crudup, Shannon telephoned her from the Franklin county jail with excitement, and told her that Klinkosum had come to the detention center to get him to sign legal documents authorizing him to represent him. Crudup says she was in disbelief and stated to her son “no shannon you didn’t do that?” Shannon told his mother that the attorney had promised him that if he signed the documents for him to represent him, that he would have him out of jail by noon Monday the next day. She also discovered that her sister had given Klinkosum a $30,000.00 dollar check for Shannon’s legal expenses. knowing that the family made it perfectly clear that they weren’t comfortable with Klinkosum, Crudup says that her sister’s actions were nothing short of complete betrayal. She has repeatedly requested that Klinkosum be terminated because the manner in which he went to the jail and deceptively had Shannon sign documents naming him as the attorney of record in the case, confirmed for Crudup that he couldn’t be trusted.

At one point when the family challenged Klinkosum regarding the tactics her used to obtain representation of Shannon, Klinkosum called the sister and agreed to return the check. On the day he was suppose to reimburse the family Klinkosum went to the jail and threatened Shannon. Shannon telephoned his mother later on that day and expressed to her that he could no longer speak to her. When she inquired as to why he made such a statement, Shannon advised his mother that attorney Klinkosum told him that “if you speak to anyone else or your mother regarding this case, and I get fired, I will help the prosecution convict you and make sure you get a thirty year sentence.” Crudup says that her sister also called her daughter and made similar threats. Crudup said that her sister stated “Shannon is going to get thirty years if your mother doesn’t back off.” The sister’s actions appear to be counterproductive to assisting Shannon in regaining his freedom, and seemed confusing at first.

However, Crudup explained that her sister was dealing with post pardon depression and that she is known to display rather peculiar behavior. She also revealed that there is an apparent spat among her siblings related to her sister. Crudup said that the sister is very self centered and becomes agitated when she isn’t at the center of attention. She also believes that her sister may have deliberately went behind the family’s back to hire Klinkosum in an effort to bring shame and humiliation upon her and Shannon. She says that the fact her brother flew from Africa to support her son may also have been a determining factor for her sister to display such viciousness against her child. Crudup expressed that she believes that her sister wants Shannon to be locked up for as long as possible, despite whether he is guilty or innocent. To support Crudup’s belief that her sister has acted viciously to hurt Shannon during such a difficult time for the youth, she says that the family had agreed to work together to assist Shannon with the criminal charges that he faces. Crudup said that her sister was sitting in the room when Klinkosum was told that they declined to retain him, and the fact that she sneakily hired him any way speaks volumes regarding her intentions to negatively impact her son’s legal troubles.

Crudup also points out that the arrest warrant for Shannon should never have been issued. The story that cops were given to implicate Shannon in the crime and forensic evidence (if any) linking him to the crime were all obtained by police after the youth had already been in custody. Additionally, as it stands right now, the only thing that connects Shannon to the crime are hearsay statements from a confidential informant, which state investigative reports prove that the witness had in fact lied to police. If there is any hard evidence like traceable forensics linking Shannon to this crime, they have never been made public. Most of these facts have already been publish through various blog articles. Klinkosum hasn’t even made any discovery that he has obtained from the prosecutor public either. Other disturbing elements of the case against Shannon Nyamodi highlights Klinkosum’s poor representation of this client as well.

Shannon was also charged with larceny of a firearm (the victim’s .22 caliber rifle), but a police seizure log from the residence where the crime occurred reveals that the weapon was actually confiscated by police on the day of the shooting. Klinkosum never motioned to the court to have that charge thrown out. There are so many rudimentary actions that should have been accomplished as early as the pretrial phase of this case that Klinkosum failed to do. Crudup says that Klinkosum has also refused to speak with her regarding Shannon’s case. She said that he has been telling judges to ignore her when she files legal documents on Shannon’s behave. Perhaps the most damaging inaction that Klinkosum has done, is to have allowed Shannon’s case to be taken off of the docket indefinitely with no sign of a court date, according to Crudup. Crudup says that her son’s case continues to be postponed while Klinkosum is involved with a high profile criminal case unrelated to Shannon.

The court has allowed the case to be continued without any record establishing justification for such extended delay, nor any timetable placed on the record for the trial to continue. The case was taken off of the docket February 20, 2013 and the only continuance in the case file was entered on February 14, 2014 after issues pertaining to Shannon’s constitutional right to a speedy trial were made public, and there is no order indicating if the judge in the case had in fact granted the motion for continuance. All of these irregular procedural aspects of the case are disturbing, but the most compelling element which may point to malicious prosecution of Shannon Nyamodi, is the manner in which he is being housed at the Franklin County detention Center. Shannon has been placed on segregation (solitary) and has been in such tight housing condition for over a year. Jail officials won’t even allow his mother to visit him. Crudup was told that she wasn’t going to be permitted to see her son so she might as well stop coming to the jail. In recent attempts to visit Shannon on his regular visiting days, she was told by a jail official that Shannon wasn’t allowed to have any visits whatsoever.

Despite these unlawful actions, Klinkosum has done nothing to assist Shannon related to these issues. Shannon Nyamodi isn’t on death row and nor has he been convicted of the charges against him. Jail officials have not shown good cause to keep him locked up in his cell for 23 hours a day. Many from the public following this case believe that Shannon is being treated in this fashion to solicit a plea agreement from him for crimes he didn’t commit. Even Klinkosum seems to think that Shannon will eventually break and plea to a lesser charge. In the motion for continuance request that Klinkosum submitted to the court February 14, he writes that he is confident that the case will have a non trial resolution. It’s puzzling that Klinkosum could make such an assertion considering that Shannon has never confessed to these crimes, and has been adamant about not accepting responsibility for something he didn’t do. Sources on the ground in Louisburg, North Carolina tells TPC that Shannon is being beaten down by jail officials, and may explain why no one is being allowed to visit him.

More disturbingly though, is the fact that Shannon hasn’t written or called his mother, his father, and not even his sister whom he is extremely close with. This reality is frightening and has caused National Action Network officials, journalist, and others advocating Shannon’s plight to question whether he is even still alive. Elizabeth Crudup refuses to even entertain such a mindset, and reiterates how fearful she is regarding her son’s safety while in custody. The mother expresses how vicious the actions of her sister are, and makes it known that Shannon is being persecuted solely because of her sister’s refusal to fire Klinkosum as Shannon’s attorney of record. Crudup says that Klinkosum has been pressuring Shannon to take a plea deal from the onset of this entire ordeal. The very inference or suggestion of plea bargaining in Shannon’s case from Klinkosum who was allegedly paid $50,000.00 dollars to represent him when considering the case file is simply preposterous.

That’s of course if you believe that Klinkosum actually received all of the money. The sister’s  alleged act of betrayal toward her siblings and Shannon by sneakily hiring Klinkosum against the family’s desire, coupled with her assisting Klinkosum by soliciting a threat of a thirty year sentence for Shannon against her own family, may point to some other adverse dynamic associate with her intentions, and clearly bolsters Ms. Crudup’s claim that her own sister is working along with the prosecutor and attorney Klinkosum to negatively impact the criminal case against her nephew. If it’s all true as it has been described to TPC related to Shannon’s aunt hindering him from obtaining the best legal representation possible, the actions of his aunt are not only vicious, but also a disturbing dilemma which has caused her siblings child great emotional, psychological, and perhaps physical torture when he is clearly innocent. It’s disturbing that other family members, chiefly the men, haven’t become more involved to correct the sister’s egregious actions that appear to have been meted out to hurt Shannon. Klinkosum should have been fired a long time ago, especially after he threatened the family, and the fact that the sister who hired him refuses to do so, is an evil and vile act which may permanently divide a family predicated solely on individual selfishness. She isn’t Shannon’s mother, and the funds she used to pay Klinkosum wasn’t hers alone. What a selfish witch!

To Be Continued ..

 

 

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I’m David Adams

David Adams

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