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Jury acquits Dionte Robinson of murder charges

Published: Thu, October 6, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.


Dionte Robinson

Forewoman states ‘prosecution had holes in its story’

By Peter H. Milliken



With the jury forewoman citing weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, an eight-woman, four-man jury acquitted a 19-year-old man of all charges in the Aug. 6, 2010, shooting death of Anthony Harrison, 20, of Chambers Street, Campbell.

After five hours of deliberations at the end of a 21/2-day trial, the jury acquitted Dionte Robinson, of Elliot Lane, of murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence Wednesday.

The attempted-murder and felonious-assault charges pertained to a friend of Harrison, who was shot in the leg on Tremble Avenue near 13th Street in Campbell as the pair walked home from a church festival.

The trial was before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

“The prosecution did have a lot of holes in their story, and we could not put him at the scene,” Rebecca English of Youngstown, jury forewoman, said of Robinson.

English said the wounded survivor testified he didn’t know who shot him; there was no testimony from any eyewitnesses who said they saw Robinson commit the crimes he was charged with or even put him at the shooting scene; and a jail inmate testifying for the prosecution in exchange for a leniency recommendation had questionable credibility.

The prosecution’s DNA evidence “was not convincing,” English added.

Robinson’s lawyer, David J. Gerchak, said he believed the acquittal was due in part to the mixture of DNA from multiple people on sweatshirts and a firearm found behind a building near the shooting scene.

Robinson’s brother and co-defendant in this case, Dreon A. Williams, 18, also of Elliot Lane, is scheduled for a jury trial on identical charges before Judge Krichbaum beginning Oct. 17. Police believe the motive for the shooting was robbery.

Jennifer L. McLaughlin and Robert J. Andrews, assistant county prosecutors, declined to comment after the Robinson verdict, with McLaughlin saying she didn’t want to comment because the Williams’ trial is pending.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

Justice in tha hood is gettin off scot free . . .. As soon as Dionte acquires another gun he will be back in business . . . .. Perhaps we could hold a fund raiser for him to buy one ?

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2fella1(3 comments)posted 3 years ago

its really bad how people make comments about a person or assume they are a thug just because they are from a certain area. this shooting happened right in front of me and this young man was in no way involved. i am glad he was acquitted. it shows that sometimes the system DOES work

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3Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years ago


"this shooting happened right in front of me and this young man was in no way involved."

Then you know who it was? Why don't you go to the police and identify the POS then. Scared to snitch?

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4MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

typical - see nothing no nothing see what I saying bull-crap. Don't worry they will fund raise- sell his 100 pairs of athletic shoes -on ebay.While people working paying for the WMD mess - have 2 pairs of shoes at best.Will GOV KASICH show up to order flags flown at half staff for these hero's while real hero's killed in the war recieve no such accolade?

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5MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

I had no clue that the OJ jury moved to Youngstown- perfect place for them!

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6rustybucket55(7 comments)posted 3 years ago

Hey fella, I agree with margomatic! Who did it? Where were you?

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7MzVirgoLuv(157 comments)posted 3 years ago

Boy so much of the 'hood hatred' But where was all this outrage about Casey Anthony? Jury whom I am sure was made of mostly whites, found him not guilty. Deal with it you racists pieces of ish. I am so sick of 'Justice for you but not for anyone else'. Stan, you always sound so fat and unemployed on here. Please find another hobby. Where are all the comments on the 99% white serial killers and mass murderers? Jeez, wake up and stop living in your bubbles. There is life beyond Youngstown you know.

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8MzVirgoLuv(157 comments)posted 3 years ago

Since every one here is so head strong when it comes to the violence of Blacks, look up statistics and you just might be surprised. Also, watch, on Rupert Murdocks network, National Geographic's documentary: The Human Family Tree. Wow, Stan, you will simply go and live in a cave after you find just how Black you are my love.

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9onthetown(254 comments)posted 3 years ago

"Stan, you always sound so fat and unemployed on here."

You nailed it.

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10MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

WELFARE OF MASS DESTRUCTION - nothing more to it. He will be out for a few years- just long enough to have a baby mama drama - then pop someone over a dimebag that survives to see nothing no nothing see what i saying - end up back in court to be let go again then get out to kill an elderly person leaving the church... WE SHOULD KNOW THE DRILL by now...

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11MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago


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12MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

life beyond Youngstown-uhmmm yea Ok ....should Stan escape the trashed out hood you find reasons to make excuses for ?

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13theword(342 comments)posted 3 years ago

Great job Campbell pd another one walks free

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14MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

It's not the po po's fault- that the jerk has no nothang syndrome...

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15tburk1(30 comments)posted 3 years ago

@ theword - Don't blame Campbell PD. Their detective works his butt off. Maybe the guy wasn't guilty or maybe he was and the witnesses didn't cooperate. Who knows, but blaming the PD is far from the right attitude.

As far as the "fat & unemployed" remark about Stan..

bahahahahahahaha! I've been wanting to say that for over a year!

Anyone who has that much time on his hands (have you seen how many posts he has) needs to get a life and get off disability...

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16Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

MzVirgoLuv :

Perhaps I should join the gangbangers in tha hood and go with tha flow ?

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17MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

Around Youngstown it is not the Fat unemployed shooting each other- FIRST off - they must posess a job -or work history to be considored unemployed -Holding down a job has nothing to do with the typical profile of the jerks doing this type of crime. Drug dealing- having kids for bigger a welfare check- is not considored a job or a career...Contributing sperm to fat welfare loafers that create litters of children that the tax payers will pay for is the only obesity going on with this pitiful story...

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago


“The Official Accredited Hoochie Mama ‘Hood-Rat Development & Dumbed Down Empowerment Program”

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19MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

fat with no skill sets- working the welfare - I can hear the nasty nail tip tap of the key boards... And the triple chins smacking - the result of using the snap card for pounds of beef jerky and jello pudding and lots o pop...

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20snydro0108(61 comments)posted 3 years ago

Please, dont listen to FELLA. Anyone that saw this crime happen would no way be on the internet right now. Hey Fella, I was there too....yeah right. This guy got off because people are scared to snitch on these gangsters because of intimidation and/or death. This guy already did ONE crime....why wouldnt him or his UPSTANDING citizen friends do the same? Justice was NOT served. It rarely is around here.

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21seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years ago

MzVirgoLuv, can we assume you have the same titled license plate on your pimped out rig parked in front of your section 8 apartment?...@tburk1, if you have been waiting to say something for over a year what kept you? No balls? If you have something to say then say it, don't wait for some other welfare collector on his baby momma/baby daddy computer to do your work for you...you can agree with a point but don't hide then pile on when it feels safe...

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22MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

Fat with flat screen tv's - the sofa ingrown into the BLUBBBER- cut a hole in the wall to transport the welflub to the nursing home...

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23MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

Stan should join the WMD'S - work the welfare for kitt-kat bars,piles of junk food - activate that snap card!

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24uetz(38 comments)posted 3 years ago

@mzvirgoluv - there are no comments posted about the "99% white serial killers" because there isn't one in the paper EVERYDAY, like there are shootings, murders and murder trials in youngstown. im white and i got carjacked and shot in februrary of 09' in both my legs while at a stop sign on the south side, by 3 blacks while on the way to school.

people woudlnt stereotype other people if the shoe didn't fit. admittedly not all blacks are like these animals, but most young blacks that live in youngstown unfortunately fit this profile. ive lived there and seen the culture and was once a part of it. these are just the facts. and im sure it has something to do with the lack of jobs, poverty, and no hope, but something has to change.

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25Abby78(1 comment)posted 3 years ago

I couldn't agree with MzVirgo more on all her wonderful points, but especially the Stan comments. Anyone who wants Hulk Hogan as an avatar is obviously unstable as it is, and living in the distant past. How dare you uneducated people attack her, she posted the most well written comments I have ever seen on here!
Just because they arrested someone doesn't mean that they got the right person, and there were certainly some major holes in this case, so what else could be done except find him not guilty? Isn't that how our justice system works? Innocent until proven guilty I believe?

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26bouyantkym(30 comments)posted 3 years ago

It's so amazing at how many post's i see on this page, first off, i am a white woman, who lives in another state, who keeps up with youngstown news. I am very happy to see there is finally justice being done!! for all you ignorant minded people who are so quick to call someone a thug!, get a life, it was a young man on the receiving end, and you could care less if an innocent man would have went to prison for life! STAN, we are so tired of your stupid comments, Do you have a life off the computer, I didn't think so! you should be ashamed of yourself for acting so childish. I bet most people would agree!!! with me

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27mauzy006(14 comments)posted 3 years ago

@MARGOMATIC you effing inbread social communist a hole what does my brother having a hundred pair off shoes for which he worked hard for LEGITAMITLY has to do with this story absolutely nuthing? hes been dead and gone for 8 months now and yet u pieces of dog sh** continue to slander his name and FYI the shoes were not auctioned off on ebay they actually bieng given away to at risk youths who succeed in bringing thier grades up by my parents who by the way work hard for everyday for the success they have i guarntee you they OWN a BIGGER more EXPENSIVE house in a BETTER neighborhood than 3/4 of the idiots on here blogging the bs it hates your RACIST little heart to see a BLACK family be ooh so successfull to all of the african american american community who is doing the right thing please continue to strive for the best and keep making fools out of these SALTINE CRACKERS good ol AmeriKKK gotta love it!

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28melissa81(1 comment)posted 3 years ago

first off anthony was a good kid he just graduated started a new job and was set to start school 5 days after his death he never bothered anybody he was a good kid he was shot in the back and the bullet went through his heart and came out his chest dionte robinson's DNA was on the TRIGGER of the murder weapon not to mention his DNA was on the hoodies that were found with the guns. his brother dreon's DNA was on another gun and hoodie that was found so you tell me how is he innocent he is the scum of the earth for participating in this senseless crime anthony was minding his own business walking home from the saint mary's festival only a coward will shoot you from behind and hide like snake dionte and dreon are 2 brothers that never learned any morals they took a life of a innocent kid they should be ashamed of themselves but karma is a itch

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29Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

bouyantkym :

"Do you have a life off the computer, "

Ya ah do . . .. and my friends in tha hood will verify that .

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30ytown67(22 comments)posted 3 years ago

First of all do did any one ever think that Dionte was innocent?

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31Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

"dionte robinson's DNA was on the TRIGGER of the murder weapon not to mention his DNA was on the hoodies that were found with the guns. his brother dreon's DNA was on another gun and hoodie that was found"

OJ SIMPSON was found to be innocent by his jury also . Did anyone really consider him to be innocent .


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32Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years ago


"I couldn't agree with MzVirgo more on all her wonderful points, but especially the Stan comments. "

What wonderful points did MzV make? Sounded more like she has a huge problem with whites. Why is that? People should worry more about themselves then someone commenting in the Vindy. Why should you care about how many posts Stan makes, sounds like you have a problem with it, why is that?


"........i guarntee you they OWN a BIGGER more EXPENSIVE house in a BETTER neighborhood than 3/4 of the idiots on here blogging the bs

And who cares who owns what and where. Material things are irrevelant when someone is murdered, don't you think?

"..... it hates your RACIST little heart to see a BLACK family be ooh so successfull"

Why is that? Didn't MLK vision where everyone is equal? Your setting the black community back thinking everyone is racist. SMH

""... african american american community who is doing the right thing please continue to strive for the best and keep making fools out of these SALTINE CRACKERS good ol AmeriKKK gotta love it!""

Real nice, "Saltine Crackers", now if someone came on here and called someone a NI%%er, people would explode. But that's OK to say what you do. AmeriKKK - pitiful. How about if someone said you love Africa so much, go back there. Wait, you wouldn't last a day there, they hate blacks from America. SMH at such stupidity.


"STAN, we are so tired of your stupid comments, Do you have a life off the computer, I didn't think so! you should be ashamed of yourself for acting so childish. I bet most people would agree!!! with me""

Not quite, I have more important things in Life to worry about then who comments how many times. Comment = Opinion. You have one, everyone else has one, called freedom of speech. Just because you don't agree with someones opinion doesn't mean you have to put them down. Pretty childish if you ask me.


"Since every one here is so head strong when it comes to the violence of Blacks, look up statistics and you just might be surprised."

No, you would be surprised. Due to the fact that blacks only make under 20% of the population, the crime ratio to blacks is astonishing. Just the facts.
How come you hate the whites so much? Just asking.

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33MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

This reject jury had to be - so idiomaticlly ill equiped to even consider the fact that when D.N.A. is found on the very weapon placed at the crime scene- and dna strategies match that of the defendants - usually it is a strong indication that they have charged the right person with the murder. But to subjects seeking to topple the stupefaction of the OJ jury- conclusive- evidence once again is far to complex for people that no doubt think D.N.A is a tube of motion lotion ...Uhmmm yea ok !

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34MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

was this jury comprised of fat women that write love letters to convicts...

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35Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

MzVirgo supports tha hood doing their thing and has a strong displeasure of any criticism . Her outlook is to try to pin the blame on the other part of the racial spectrum . Her biggest problem is herself and her caloric intake . . . ..

Perspective from tha hood . . ..


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36MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

@stan - yikers - that Hooch on the loose site - love the KFC bucket hand bag it complements the 300 pounds of synthetic weave...

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37MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

Just think Stan- if you join the Ghetto-palooza you can ride the WRTA to Walmart to shop lift -stuff monistat 7 into your rolls of fat - gank a cookie jar full of change off of a vet's card table - target- shoot old people leaving church- flee from police in a stolen car smash into and kill others- attack a women at the shell gas station if front of your kids-dress in head to toe red hop into a red get away car- after raiding the Dolla ya all store for 5 fify worth of merchandise- shoot up a frat house- after serving under age kids- attack a pizza driver for a pie and 20 bucks- rob subway at age 12 - riot at a cut rate fest in front of the mall - stage a faux robbery at your fast food job after working there for only 2 weeks- live at the wagon wheel -smoking crack lurking -dashing out on a 5 fify check at Denny's - fight a crew worker at Mc d's for charging fify cents for the extra 123 packs of bbq sauce- line a tote bag with garbage bags to stuff shoe leather steaks into from the Golden C auce buffet- ... The hood is soooo cool...

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38Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

MARGEOMATIC you do provide a lot of exposure on the culture . MzVirgoLuv will be furious !

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39ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 3 years ago

Have to love the language of the hood.

Hoodies, kicks, DNA, blah blah blah.

Believe me, the black community for the billionth time around here needs to clean their house.

If it's racist to point out what color the locust plague in Ytown and surrounding slumtowns is, then so be it.

Let's keep lowering the standards of what is racism so the mooches, bums and always making excuses cry babies have something to hide behind.

How in the world could the police have the murder weapon and match the accused's DNA and his brother DNA to such and still not get a conviction?

As long as the DNA was actually real and not planted, this makes zero sense.

As for the foolish clown who claims to have been there, police should subpoena the records here and isolate the individual. Witnessing a murder and not coming forward is a crime in Ohio, I believe.

Shameful that these communities ACCEPT SENSELESS MURDERS.

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40MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

Mark FHURMAN must have planted the dna on the murder weapon...

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41MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

the poor man was shot in the back! This jury had to suffer from a mutant case of crackalacian somnambulism... VALLY OF THE DOLTS PART 23!

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42fella1(3 comments)posted 3 years ago

for everyone asking "why didnt I say something"... I DID! I go to court on the 17th. The reason why dionte got off is because he didnt do anything. the person who really should be saying something and isnt is the survivor.but never the less if called to the stand i will tell what i saw!

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43MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 3 years ago

tell the truth if you know it-even if you are not called to the stand- or even questioned etc.-find someone that will listen. It will be worth it to ease your mind.

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44ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 3 years ago

Dionte had nothing to do with it? Odd his DNA is on clothing and the murder weapon.

Do we share everything in hood? (Hoodies, illegal weapons, baby mamas, etc.) Wait don't answer.

I know all the homeboys DNA has been sprayed in cat-like fashion everywhere.

If he spray you can't quantify. Free Dionte.


Even sillier is we have someone withholding evidence from the police. Or at least it sounds that way so far.

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45metrodawg(70 comments)posted 3 years ago

More amazed than ever how racist Youngstown has become. Glad I'm out!

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46ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 3 years ago

It will be a real shame when the other brother gets off.

His defense can be that he didn't do it, Dionte did.

What are the police going to do then? Nothing.

What's racist is we have black murder cults that the black community fosters, hides, protects. The no-snitch culture has to stop.

Guaranteed you will see one of these Robinson brothers dead via homicide in under 10 years. That's how street justice works around here. Fools get mighty braggadocious once they beat a murder rap. Teflon personalities lacking the bulletproof material.

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47briant(57 comments)posted 3 years ago

It is clear to see from Florida that the Mafia has been replaced by drug king sh*ts paying off the jurors now...

You know, "Whatever". Maybe our ex "car czar" mayor will provide this young outastanding man with a new caddy with high priced rims for his time spent in jail....

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48captaincheese(43 comments)posted 3 years ago

I don't think that this fella is any more innocent than Casey Anthony is of Murder. I still believe that it's better for a hundred guilty men to go free rather than an Innocent man be sent to jail.

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49ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 3 years ago

We let 100's of guilty men go free in Moaning County every year. We also let the innocent men go. The county jail is just a set of turn style doors for most. Many of the perps are out before a shift change.

If justice was operating like it logically should, then I agree with the statement captaincheese.

How many of these terrorists in Ytown have beat a homicide case just to go back out and kill someone else? Seems like we have several of those every year.

We are talking the biggest, baddest, worst, most offensive offense, not some dope selling, assault or something in comparison that pales.

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50sistersun(49 comments)posted 3 years ago

Okay the last twenty min. I've been reading these comments,Some great ,the rest ignorant as hell,Stan quiet as its kept,you live in the hood,the hood doesnt exactly mean a street or neighborhood,its your frame of mind.Stay on the subject.Let karma have its way......Stan,you and your boys get a life.....

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51Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

Well sistersun, when the shoot starts for the EUPHORIA IN THA HOOD we'll consult with you on the proper procedure . . . ..


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52seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years ago

@ margeomatic, where have you been? Welcome to the party! Nice to see there are new faces that get the fact that the ghettos crawlers are killing Youngstown. Hell, they're killing society as a whole! But, maybe it's the Saltines doing all this in faceblack paint...I have to ask the clown that claims Dionte didn't do it: why was his DNA found on the trigger of the guns? Oh, just because you SAY he didn't do it, right? The corruption and free-passes have created this low-intelligence response to everything: "I/he/she ain't do it!" so it must be true. The fact that some jury of morons couldn't add 1+1 and get 2 does not mean this scum didn't cap this kid, just means they were dumba--es, just like the OJ jury. Juries aren't smart, they are comprised of people that weren't smart enough to have their employer value their work and get them off jury duty. Especially in this area, there couldn't be a jury pool with a combined IQ of 300...street justice will prevail...

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53ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 3 years ago

I don't doubt for a second that Dionte's DNA was on the gun.

Like I said earlier, these criminal low lives in the hood share everything- ie: clothing, women, weapons, etc.

Like someone's woman, I don't get why you have / want someone else fiddling with your pistol, be it your brother or not.

SCUM missiles, WMDs.

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54misterlee(118 comments)posted 3 years ago

Stan still hasn't denied being fat and unemployed. I'll bet he lives with his mom too.

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55Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

misterlee :

"Stan still hasn't denied being fat and unemployed. I'll bet he lives with his mom too.

I bin tryin ta get me a job at KFC ta indulge while on da job . My goal would be ta gain enuf rolls of blubba ta be certified too fat to work and retire on welfare . Howz it ben workin out for you misterlee ?

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