Prosecutor Threatens Death Sentence for an Innocent Man

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A few months ago, serial killer Jeremy Scott confessed to the murder of Michelle Schofield, ten years after fingerprint evidence placed him at the crime scene.

Leo Schofield, now 51, was wrongfully convicted of Michelle Schofield’s (his wife) murder and has subsequently been locked in prison for 29 years serving a life sentence.

Elated with the news that the real murderer was identified and confessed to multiple officers of the court, Leo could practically taste freedom. That is, of course, until Assistant State Attorney Victoria Avalon began using legal loopholes to prevent the new evidence of Jeremy Scott’s confession from being presented in court to free Leo. In one of the many motions her office has filed in the case, Avalon writes:

“Should Defendant be awarded a trial de novo [new trial] as a result of this litigation, the undersigned does not have the authority to rule out the possibility that the State may attempt to seek the ultimate penalty again…”

Not only is Victoria Avalon trying to keep an innocent man in prison for life by blocking his ability to present the new exculpatory evidence, but she is also threatening to seek the death penalty should Schofield receive a new trial.

Imagine how penniless & powerless Leo Schofield felt when he read that news. Serial killer Jeremy Scott confessed to Michelle Schofield’s murder to multiple officers of the court and his cell mate. Fingerprint evidence pinpointed Scott at the scene, yet Avalon has made it clear that she will do everything in her power to prevent him from seeking freedom.

A prosecutor with bold political ambitions.  An innocent man wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife. And forensic evidence that points to a serial killer with a brutal past. USA Herald has been following this story closely, here is the latest:

Among other things, in this response the State will take position that the claims Defendant advances are procedurally barred and based on evidence inadmissible at a collateral hearing or in any retrial awarded; further, they are neither timely nor of such a character as to lead to Defendant’s acquittal in any retrial. –Victoria Avalon, Assistant State Attorney, Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit in “State’s Response to the Court’s Order to Show Cause”, Filed January 31st, 2017

In 1988, in a case riddled with holes and relying on an “eyewitness” that has a long history of mental instability, Leo Schofield, Jr. was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, Michelle Schofield (see USA Herald’s coverage of the story here).

Jeremy Lynn Scott

Years later, in 2006 the fingerprints of Jeremy Scott were identified from the forensic evidence collected the night of the murder. At the time of this discovery, Scott was serving a life sentence for an unrelated murder and had been implicated in another brutal murder that he was not successfully charged for. Surprisingly, this evidence failed to meet the burden for a retrial, as Scott testified (after an impromptu and unrecorded meeting with prosecutor John Aguero) that he had been trying to steal stereo equipment from Michelle’s vehicle.

In 2016, nearly 10 years later, Jeremy Scott contacted Andrew Crawford, a defense attorney representing Schofield, and confessed to committing the murder to Crawford. Another attorney, Sean Costis, also heard the confession and signed a sworn affidavit to that effect.

Scott’s former cellmate, Paul Kline, has also stated that Scott told him that he had been the one that murdered Michelle.

Leo Schofield, who has maintained his innocence for the almost 30 years he has served for the conviction, was floored by the revelation.

“Finally! The unwarranted, forced mantle of guilt fell from my shoulders when I heard the words he confessed. I carried it for so long, refusing plea deals, in hopes of one day finding justice for Michelle.” – Leo Schofield

Victoria J. Avalon, Assistant State Attorney

To a casual observer, fingerprints found at the crime scene, and a confession from convicted murderer Jeremy Scott would seem to be grounds for an immediate dismissal of charges or at least a retrial. Unfortunately for Schofield, the Assistant State Attorney assigned to this case, Victoria J. Avalon, like many prosecutors, has more of a vested interest in winning than discovering the truth and pursuing justice.

John Aguero, the original prosecutor on the case, managed to get a conviction without physical evidence in a case based largely on hearsay and conjecture. Victoria Avalon’s case, in contrast, is based on legal loopholes and technicalities. While both prosecutors’ approached the case with a win-at-all-costs mentality, Avalon may have an added incentive. Sources have told the USA Herald that Victoria Avalon has aspirations to run for the State Attorney slot in 2020.

“Prosecutors get no credit for cases they decide not to bring, either because of a lack of evidence or because pressing charges wouldn’t be in the interest of justice. They’re only rewarded for winning convictions. That’s what gets them promoted, or re-elected, or gives them the elevated profile to run for higher office. Every incentive points toward winning convictions. And particularly with prosecutors, there’s really no penalty at all for going too far to get a guilty verdict.” – Radley Balko, Criminal Justice Writer

In the State’s Response to the Court’s Order to Show Cause, Victoria Avalon does not dispute the content of the new evidence but instead calls on procedural technicalities for the dismissal of the evidence.

Regarding Alice Scott’s (no relation to Jeremy Scott) testimony and the subsequent discovery of her unreliability and mental health issues, Avalon appeals to the fact that these revelations were given in a newspaper article and suggested that they should not carry the same weight as a sworn testimony in court.

While she doesn’t leave Leo Schofield or his defense team any room for conjecture, Victoria Avalon freely indulges in it herself, describing reports of Leo’s “unusual” behavior following his wife’s funeral.

She continues, somewhat bizarrely, to describe conflicting accounts regarding Michelle’s car stereo, stating:

“In his motion…Defendant further claims that the stereo system was still in the car; therefore, he opines, Mr. Scott’s claim that he removed the stereo cannot be believed. Defendant appears to be resorting to what may colloquially be described as “alternative facts” in this claim, as that was resolved adversely to Defendant by the 2010 order, where Judge Spoto held that Defendant himself rendered sworn trial testimony that stereo equipment was missing from the car.”

Photo from the crime scene showing car stereo intact

It should be noted that photos of the crime scene have revealed that the stereo unit itself was still in the car, though the rear speakers had been removed. And the location of Jeremy Scott’s fingerprints was not in agreement with his testimony.

Refusing to acknowledge recent findings, Avalon discusses the results of a 2010 hearing in which Judge Keith Spoto stated that “There was no evidence that Mr. Scott had any connection to the victim as a friend, acquaintance or in any other capacity.”

It is common knowledge, however, to those familiar with the case that Jeremy Scott and Michelle Schofield did, in fact, know each other and were in the same group of friends prior to Michelle marrying Leo.

Regarding the same 2010 trial, Avalon suggests that Jeremy Scott’s violent background and criminal history are inadmissible, but discusses allegations of domestic violence transpiring between Leo and Michelle prior to her death.

After filing the State’s Response, Avalon’s office filed a motion to subpoena Jeremy Scott’s medical records, and motions to transport Scott “for the purpose of an investigation.” This “investigation” would be a discussion between Avalon and Scott without Leo’s defense team being present.

In various motions debating the State’s ability to hold a private investigation of Jeremy Scott, it was revealed that Avalon’s office “inadvertently had transport orders signed by a different judge not assigned to the case to transport [Jeremy Scott] to the county jail for a ‘confidential investigation.’”

Avalon argues that because the orders were signed by the other judge before Leo filed a Motion to Strike, “the Defendant’s Motion to Strike therefore is moot.”

In the same response, Avalon further suggests that “a death qualified judge should hear this matter given that it originally was a death case, and the death penalty is a possibility on retrial.” She further suggests that the case “will be very litigious” and expresses concerns that the case will create “an undue burden upon a busy general felony trial division,” and motions that the case be transferred to “the specialized division set aside for capital homicides.”

In a thinly-veiled threat, Avalon writes, “Should Defendant be awarded a trial de novo as a result of this litigation, the undersigned does not have the authority to rule out the possibility that the State may attempt to seek the ultimate penalty again…”

“I’m in a dogfight again.” – Leo Schofield

Leo Schofield’s case has now become a war of attrition. One party desperately seeking justice, while the other attempts to drown new evidence in procedure, bureaucracy, and just a touch of malice.

Leo, now 51, has been in prison longer than he has been a free man. He has lived the majority of his life behind bars, haunted by a conviction that has defined his existence. A conviction that prevents him from living a normal life with his wife Crissie, whom he met through his assistance in a prison program that teaches inmates life skills, and his daughter, Ashley Nicole.

Imagine, if you can, that you have been locked in prison for almost 30 years for a crime you didn’t commit: the murder of a loved one. Their memory stained by loss and twisted by injustice. How would you respond?

“Part of me wants to be angry, and yet I pray that God gives them wisdom, something, anything…” – Leo Schofield

Leo has been granted an evidentiary hearing, in which Judge J. Kevin Abdoney will examine the new evidence to determine whether a retrial is warranted. A pre-trial status conference has been scheduled for March 15, 2017, in which the court will likely set a date for the evidentiary hearing.

USA Herald contacted the State Attorney’s office, but we were informed that they could not comment on a pending case.

**Update 3/2/17**  The USA Herald just received a report that Convicted Serial Killer Jeremy Scott threatened to kill a female nurse just a few months ago in prison.  He was written up and promised to act out on this threat.

 


How Can You Help?

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https://www.change.org/p/brian-haas-state-attorney-10th-judicial-court-stop-prosecuting-leo-schofield-for-a-crime-he-did-not-commit

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Crissie Carter: Mary Ellen Griffith
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Lynn Roberts: If he's innocent and her ass knows this. .maybe she needs to go to jail ..to see what he has gone through for 29 years..let him go..try to live life again..no one should be given that power unless it's God and he wouldn't make anyone go through this.
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Michael Amason: The state seems to think that's exactly who they are..god..in their ignorant minds freedom is when the state gets to tell you what you can and cannot do/put into your own body  
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Lynn Roberts: People with power at times abuse it. Hope he sues for past 29 years  
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USA Herald: Leo direly needs your help and we are committed to covering this case all the way. He is indigent and his family does not have the means to fight this case, i.e. his lawyer is working pro bono.Please sign/contibute/share, even if it is $5. We are promoting this story all of FB/Instagram/Google Display and need your help.https://www.change.org/p/brian-haas-state-attorney-10th-judicial-court-stop-prosecuting-leo-schofield-for-a-crime-he-did-not-commithttps://www.gofundme.com/dvcvd-help-free-leoAll money raised is going to spreading this story across all social media. Thank you for supporting Leo and helping to right this terrible injustice.Please spread this story to as many people as possible. The more people that get involved the greater the chance that justice will be served here.  
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John Hinson: Unbelievable!
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Jesus De Armas: Republicans with no CONSCIENCE !!
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James Eric Wolverton: This isnt a party thing, its a person being an asshole. But going with your mind set, i'd say every liberal/democrat is 100% evil and deserve death, but most republican/conservative people arent like you, in fact I'd say maybe 90% are not.  
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John Allen Woodard: I am very sceptical of a prosecutor that has never lost a case or anyone that can't admit that they are ever wrong. I smell a rat here.
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Nick Tsongranis: That assistant state prosecutor should be prosecuted for aiding and abbeting the confessed killer! She is obstructing justice!!!
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Christopher Andrews: I live in Polk county Florida. It is much like Nazi Germany with the police. This is not uncommon with threats from da's.
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Darrell Gaskins: Grady is just trying to clear out all of the internet predators and drugs there...haha..and has a hell of a track record  
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Ann Hurt: Do you think Polk County is like that? All I hear is praise for police and the sheriff's dept.  
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Sabrina Medders: Ann Hurt...I live in polk county...I love Grady judge.Don't too much gets past him..He's a sweet man..but doesn't tolerate crime...He will tell you quick not to come to polk county if your a criminal...He's got polk county sheriff's watching all that come and go...He was elected to be own a t.v.show for high crimes..and he turned it down...he said he wasn't a Hollywood star...He's a Sheriff ...He has gotten so many pedophiles off our streets...  
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Sanford Beeson: Maybe they should put her on trial for being a stupid CUNT.
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Allison Kroft: This story is running on no other outlets but this one. I found no record of anything said by the prosecutor that appears on this page.
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USA Herald: Hi Allison Kroft - we've followed this story very closely and you can find several other articles published on the topic in your local papers: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/convicted-murderer-confesses-to-1987-polk-county-stabbing-says-leo/2294337With that being said, we're committed to following this story all the way through to the end. A serial killer confessed to the crime and has been accused of killing another woman in the same fashion and convicted of killing another man in the same fashion that Michelle Schofield was brutally murdered.Serial Killer Jeremy Scott's confession and fingerprints that placed him at the crime scene is new evidence that no jury in the world would convict Schofield on in a retrial. Jeremy Schott had no motive to confess to the murder and there is no reliable evidence that Schofield committed the crime (his conviction was based on the testimony of a psychiatrically impaired neighbors testimony that she heard them fighting that night...and this impaired neighbor had recently gotten out of civil commitment for psychiatric conditions).Leo Schofield is an innocent man. Imagine if this were your child, brother, or husband...can you imagine the State taking this type of stance?! The man is broken from 30 years in prison.  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: Jeremy Scott killed one person and it has not been proven that he killed Michelle so calling him a serial killer makes no sense. Leo was abusive to his wife this I know because I know people who were friends with Leo and Michelle and they all stated Leo was abusive to her. I don't know if he killed her or not but I strongly believe he was acting shady after her death from everything I've read and heard from people who were close to the couple. Leo's father also found her body a little too quickly for me to think he and Leo were not involved. Like I said I don't know if Leo killed her or was a part of it in other ways but I don't think both sides are keeping the facts straight.  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: And this is the first I've heard of Mr Scott confessing. Why would he stab her so many times just to steal a sterio?  
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USA Herald: Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner Jeremy Scott is a very sick man Rhonda. He was convicted of one brutal murder, confessed to Michelle's murder, and was the prime suspect in another woman's brutal murder that was killed in the same type of manner as Michelle.And to this day, Jeremy Scott is still on a murderous rampage. This is the guy, and god can only imagine how permanently damaged Leo Schofield is. We can't even imagine.  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: So if he killed these others but not found guilty why would he all of the sudden confess to killing Michelle and what was his motive? Makes no sense! Yes Jeremy Scott is sick and horrible but he never confessed to the other murders and why stab her so many times? For a crappie sterio? I'm not convinced  
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USA Herald: Rhonda - why would Jeremy threaten to kill the nurse in the prison that he's at? Answer that and it will answer your question above about why he would kill Michelle over a "stereo" or for whatever reason why he killed her....  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: I don't buy into it I'm not convinced  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: Still parts of the story when I read these that was left out. I know what parts were left out because I know many people who were friends with Leo and Michelle and the parts are crucial so I am not convinced that he is wrongly convicted.  
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USA Herald: Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner clearly you are the type of person that makes their mind up and doesn't change it. Karma usually catches up to people like you, just wait till one of your grandkids or child is wrongfully convicted of a serious crime and the real culprit confesses...karma.  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: Throw stones, go ahead! I've been wrongly accused of things so don't throw my family into this BS!!! Just remember I know many people who were friends with Leo and Michelle so I heard both sides and I'm not convinced! I listened to both sides and my opinion is I'm not convinced! Don't go throwing karma around like that, careful with your words  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: Don't tag me again! I'm done with this side of the story  
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USA Herald: Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner Rhonda - Jeremy Scott, a serial killer, confessed to the crime. This killer was convicted of another murder and implicated in killing another woman the same way Michelle Schofield was killer.There is zero evidence that Leo Schofield killed his wife. If this was your child or grandchild would you be convinced?Oh, and by the way, Jeremy Schott just threatened to kill a female nurse at Columbia C.I. a few months back...yet you're not convinced!Seems to us that you have an agenda here that you're not disclosing to our audience. This is an open and shut case...no jury in the world would convict Leo Schofield beyond a reasonable doubt...and that's the burden. There's now plenty of reasonable doubt, agreed?  
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Dorine Connor: While I am not an attorney and do not have intimate knowledge of this case I did read in the article that the confession given by Jeremy Scott did not match where his fingerprints were found. That being said I will also say that the defendant said the stereo was missing from the car, but crime scene photos show it there but rear speakers missing. That being said I pray the truth comes out. If this man is innocent he deserves his freedom.
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USA Herald: Indeed. A serial killer that committed at least 2 other murders in the same fashion had his fingerprints pin point him to the crime scene...then he confessed to 2 officers of the court and his cell mate. Case closed.  
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Dorine Connor: Not true. Legally they still have to prove the serial killer did it. FYI in order to be truly a serial killer a person has to kill 3 people on three separate occasions. 2 does not equal serial killer. Sorry. #facts. I'm not saying the convicted killer didn't do it. I'm saying legally they have to prove he did it and prove the husband innocent.  
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USA Herald: Dorine Connor Here's the definition of a serial killer: "a person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern."Jeremy Scott was convicted of a murder that he's serving life in prison for, confessed to the murder of Michelle Schofield, and was the prime suspect in another murder of a woman that was killed in the exact same fashion as Michelle but has not been charged.  
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Dorine Connor: USA Herald as I said three or more. He's only been convicted of one. Being prime suspect in another but not charged does not equal guilty. Sorry. Not defending him. Just stating facts. Yes, I believe there is a very strong likelihood that he killed this mans wife. However I also know the wheels of justice turn slowly. First the evidentiary hearing, then a new trial, then charging Jeremy Scott. Then his trial. We are not talking over night here. The process will take a long time. This innocent man deserves justice. But unfortunately it won't happen overnight. I promise his original arrest did not have a guilty verdict overnight either. He went to trial (as most innocent people do) and lost (unfortunately). Once he has his evidentiary hearing he can get his new trial. I seriously doubt the prosecutor is going to admit this man is innocent and move to have his conviction overturned. Reopening his case in order to prove his innocence and another mans guilt will take time.  
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USA Herald: Dorine Connor correct, however please note that the threshold does not require "conviction."In Jeremy Scott's case, he was accused on multiple occasions, convicted once, confessed on another, and was clearly the culprit on the 3rd. Hence we have designated him as a serial killer.Remember Ted Bundy had the same designation prior to his first conviction.Thank you for your feedback and contributions here, btw.  
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Dorine Connor: Wow. So because you believe he's guilty (without conviction) you are labeling him. Now I know what alternative facts really means. However, are you also aware of the hundreds killed on death row later proved to be innocent? Bet you would have labeled them as well. I believe in truth. I also think this man is innocent of his wife's death. Ted Bundy was unnamed but all his murders were the same hence the label serial killer. Thankfully he was caught and convicted of most of his. #alternitivefactsrulethemedia!  
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USA Herald: Dorine Connor yes, we believe the label of "Serial Killer" for Jeremy Scott is appropriate. If you look at the other woman he was accused of murdering there are carbon copy similarities to the way Michelle Schofield was murdered.Also, given Scott's history of documented physical abuse of both women and men, along with the murders he's been accused of, we are investigating similar murders in the area around that time that are unsolved. Please look into the details of the case more, there are striking similarities in the way Jeremy Scott murdered Michelle Schofield and another female that he was the prime suspect in but the case went unsolved....  
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Sheila Hager: Why can't he have a new trial since there was no physical evidence of the husband but there is fir the serial killer.
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: They left parts out that are crucial to this case when telling this story and make him sound innocent. I know several people who were friends with Leo and Michelle and they all stated Leo was abusive to Michelle and he was acting very shady as well the night of the murder  
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USA Herald: Rhonda - there's no direct proof that Leo was "abusive" and even if he were, does that make him a murderer? Big difference and the real killer confessed and has done it multiple times before.We have breaking news coming out shortly on Jeremy Scott, he just threatened to kill a female nurse in the prison this last October. More to come.  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: Parts are being left out of this story, period!  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: And yes he was abusive to her, no it doesn't make him a murderer but it gives him a motive.......  
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USA Herald: Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner Rhonda - there's millions of "abusive" people that don't murder people. Being "abusive" is not motive.Jeremy Scott killed Michelle Schofield and confessed. Period.  
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Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner: There's more to the story and I know more than what's being told. I know many who knew the couple and though I don't know if he's a murderer I know he acted shady the night of the murder and after they found her body. His actions and the way he treated her while she was alive as well as his Dad found her body just leaves too much on the table  
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USA Herald: Rhonda Kay Crooms Rahner Rhonda - have you ever had the closest person to you in the world brutally murdered? How would you act? I don't think any 21 yr. old boy would know how to act.Jeremy Scott confessed to the murder. He's been accused of several other murders and in fact just threatened to kill a nurse in the prison that he is housed at a few months back! Leo has maintened his innocence for over 30 years and there was zero physical evidence or even circumstantial evidence that put him at the crime scene.See attachement. Killer has been caught. Period. And Jeremy Scott is one nasty, nasty guy. So terrible what he did to MIchelle Schofield and the state should start gearing up to have him criminally charged and tried for the murder of Michelle Schofield, then put on Death Row. He's a cold blooded killer Rhonda. With all due respect, please reconsider your position.  
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USA Herald: **Update 3/2/17** The USA Herald just received a report that Convicted Serial Killer Jeremy Scott threatened to kill a female nurse just a few months ago in prison. He was written up and promised to act out on this threat.
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Ona Ramsay:
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Robert Miley: Throw her ass in prison and execute her high self righteous self
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Wayne Frazier: She is a nasty ass bitch and she needs to be fired and thrown in prison herself. Let her get a taste of the medicine.
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Ann Hurt: Hard to believe!
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Jerry Junior: State's Attorney all they care about is stats the more people that put behind bars the better they look guilty or not guilty
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Dennis Yakaites: Put her I prison
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Fred Strickland: This a case where the Gov. should step in and free the inmate
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Daniel Pearson: Piece of shit
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Terry Worsham: No justice!!!!!
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Valerie Gatto: But they do nothing to Obama Hillary or any of the elites right but they'll go and take an innocent man and put them on the death penalty what the hell is wrong with our justice system
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Mardelle Hewitt: I'd be willing to bet the prosecutor is a republican.  
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Valerie Gatto: it just doesn't seem no matter who it is it just seems like they never get prosecuted they never get blame they get away with it Anyways... even our first lady being a man how in the world that was allowed?  
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William Sherman: You might be right about the first lady. I've never seen Ivanka Trump and Caitlin Jenner together...Bartow. Polk County Florida. Cracker and meth central ... The land of Trump, your treasonous president.  
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William Sherman: The way Valerie Gatto and this witness bare false witness, they must be "Christian Conned-servatives".Congratulations:  
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Valerie Gatto: Hey William if you don't like our president get the hell out of America that's all hey William if you don't like our president got the hell out of America that's all  
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Brandony Mony Connell: I love when people use that argument. Mainly because "if you don't like it then get out" completely goes against everything this country stands for.  
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Valerie Gatto: Okay if you don't like our president then why are you here go nobody says to stay I never seen such idiocracy in my whole entire life since president Trump has been our president all you people are a bunch of idiots that go and speak evil over him  
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Joy Jesus: He needs released and restitution for his time in prison and him innocent/falsely accused and convicted 🙏
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Thelma Parker: Sign the petition.
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Leona Whitman: Unreal...maybe judge is the illegal one here
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Jason Hall: The attorney are bad here  
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Carolyn Boone: That is so wrong he should be released immediately
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Joseph Bourgeois: She is simply covering her own ass for her wrongfully prosecuting the wrong person. She made a mistake, but because of her actions now, she should be disbarred and sued. How can anyone be so dispicable?
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USA Herald: https://www.gofundme.com/dvcvd-help-free-leo
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Joanne Campbell Mathes: I hope they let the man go free because it is horrible to keep it innocent person in jail the prosecutor needs to be in prison and see how it feels apparently she's Innocent but she's not innocent enough to keep an innocent man in jail needs to go herself and let him out
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Valarie H. Davis: Once The System has you, they won't admit their mistake or laziness. Hope the guy contacts the Innocents Project.
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Nancy Primm Lester: Unbelievable, some people can never admit a mistake! Let him out- poor guy!
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Delroy Cunningham: Let's not do this
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Micha Jäkel Caldwell: Disgusting
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Jeramey Ortega: thats messed up ill pray 4 that poor guy
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Marty Heiss: This information should be spread and the public made aware of her ambitions. Hopefully keeping her from getting the job she supposedly will be seeking. We need integrity, not somebody that is willing to let someone rot in prison for their own ambitions!
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Ron Gettler: If he was black he'd have been walking free a long time ago. Sorry, but that's the truth!
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Robin McClanahan Vandyke: They need to put her in there. Let her see how prison life feels
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Michael S. Miller: People like her are the reason I believe that torture is sometimes justified as a form of punishment.  
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Linda Patrick: Prosecutor is going on Technicalities to keep an innocent man in jail..SHE SHOULD HAVE TO PULL THIRTY YEARS
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Michael S. Miller: She should be punished in a way consistent with a country who's justice system is not bound by the Geneva Convention.  
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David Garcia: That's sounds just like the late Supreme Court Justice Scalia. He wrote that a person sentenced to die should have his execution carried out, even if later found to be innocent, because he was found quilty by a jury of his peers.
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Michael S. Miller: Scalia never said that. You are full of shit.  
Posted ON : 03/05/2017
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David Garcia: Sure  
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David Garcia: Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached"? What is there more than "factual innocence" to establish? In what circumstances can a person be factually innocent but "guilty enough" to be executed?Scalia wrote: Once a jury has found a defendant guilty they can be executed, even if they later produce proof that they're actually innocent.  
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USA Herald: Gents: politics aside please. Leo direly needs your help and we are committed to covering this case all the way. He is indigent and his family does not have the means to fight this case, i.e. his lawyer is working pro bono.Please sign/contibute/share, even if it is $5. We are promoting this story all of FB/Instagram/Google Display and need your help.https://www.change.org/p/brian-haas-state-attorney-10th-judicial-court-stop-prosecuting-leo-schofield-for-a-crime-he-did-not-commithttps://www.gofundme.com/dvcvd-help-free-leoAll money raised is going to spreading this story across all social media. Thank you for supporting Leo and helping to right this terrible injustice.Please spread this story to as many people as possible. The more people that get involved the greater the chance that justice will be served here.  
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Johnnie Sue Jarnigan-Jennings: I do not believe in the justice system. There are to much corruption.
Posted ON : 03/06/2017
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Mark Smith: Ever since the O.J. debacle. The blindfold has been removed from Lady Justice.. Casey Anthony is another example.  
Posted ON : 03/06/2017
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Bibz Priori: Just messed up (to put it nicely).
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Nina Soto Troy Goodwin: They need a new state attorney to handle this case she has become incompetent
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Edward Waizenhofer: She is not the State Attorney..Only works for the state.  
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Max Maya: She must be a professional Republikan....
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Edward Waizenhofer: Did you spend all day thinking that one up.  
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Jay N Felicia: I meet Mr.Schofield before and he is a very Good Man .
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William Marquez: Piece of garbage ass prosecutor I wish they'd throw his ass in jail so all the inmates he put in there can butt rape his ass..
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Trevor Hotz: What got me was they pointed out the actual killer confessed to his cell mate. That man will forever have to be in a segregated unit for fear of being labeled a snitch. Sometimes the press should leave out details if it may put another persons safety at risk
Posted ON : 03/07/2017
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Ken George: Bullcrap
Posted ON : 03/07/2017
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Doug Thatcher: Based on Scott's confession, history and most importantly his fingerprints at the crime scene, Schofield should get a new trial at least. Someone needs to explain those fingerprints at a place where they could only have one reason for them being there!
Posted ON : 03/08/2017
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Yendry Vega: Why the fuck the rich don't get punished look at that mother fucker from wellsfargo
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Yendry Vega: He forces people to steal them he fires everyone and nothing happens to he steal got to keep the money and that's bullshit this is no justice where are the riots
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Yendry Vega: Let's riot to n every city at the same time the government can't beat us and solders will join us because Thier family soldiers won't kill Thier family they will defect I think that's what it will take or maybe we need to march to the White House and pentagon and kill every single government agent everyone that's what it all take some crazy shit like that besides owned by the king and queen they never beat the red coats cause if that did America wouldn't pay any money but they did that means we lost but history book say we one bullshit
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Adam Brashear: This is the exact problem with the state side in court proceedings, if they don't win, they keep dragging your ass back to court for a second and third bite at the Apple . When they convict the wrong person the state's office is to greedy for convictions to admit there wrong. Plus the state gets no penalty for screwing up. All I can say about that kind of thinking is be ready for the pitchforks at the door.
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Pearl Whatmore: Crazy let the man go free, she should be ashamed of herself
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David Greenhood: This is FLORIDA fer Christ's sake. ANYTHING goes down there. The crazies took over there long ago. Second only to Texas for crazies.
Posted ON : 03/08/2017
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Donald H. Wytupeck: Just kill Democrats that's what you do the Clinton cartel
Posted ON : 03/09/2017
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Alice Chadegani: Ron Gettler get your mind out of the past. You are tunnel visualed. You probably have no FACTS about this case. You and many lot commentots have not a clue to the case. Shame on you, you are very miseducated.
Posted ON : 03/09/2017